Bijapur: The outlawed CPI (Maoist) has claimed that CoBRA commando Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, who went lacking after the April three ambush in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar area, is in captivity of ultras, and requested the state authorities to nominate interlocutors for his launch.
The Maoists have, nevertheless, not raised any formal calls for for the discharge of the commando.
Police are verifying the authenticity of the assertion, purportedly issued by the outlaws.
The banned outfit additionally admitted that 4 of its cadres have been killed within the encounter by which 22 safety personnel had misplaced their lives.
Constable Rakeshwar Singh Manhas of the 210th CoBRA battalion, an elite unit of CRPF, had gone lacking after the gunfight alongside the border of Sukma and Bijapur districts final Saturday.
The CPI (Maoist) assertion additionally claimed that 24 safety personnel have been killed within the encounter.
“As many as 2,000 police personnel had reached close to Jiragudem village to execute a serious assault (on Saturday). To thwart them, PLGA (Peoples’ Liberation Guerilla Military) retaliated throughout which 24 safety personnel have been killed and 31 others injured. Now we have caught a policeman (CoBRA commando) on the spot whereas others escaped,” mentioned a press release purportedly written by Maoists and being circulated on social media on Tuesday.
It mentioned the federal government ought to first announce names of interlocutors and the jawan will likely be launched later. He’ll stay secure in our captivity until then, it mentioned.
The 2-page assertion was issued within the identify of Vikalp, spokesperson of the Dandakaranya Particular Zonal Committee (DKSZC) of Maoists, which had been instrumental in executing a number of lethal assaults in south Bastar, together with the Jhiram valley assault in Bastar district on Might 25, 2013, by which high Congress leaders of Chhattisgarh unit have been killed.
Maoists admitted that 4 cadres have been killed within the Bijapur gunfight and the physique of the lady cadre couldn’t be retrieved from the spot.
The physique of a girl Maoist was recovered by safety forces from the encounter spot.
The ultras additionally claimed to have seized 14 weapons, 2,000 cartridges and different supplies from the encounter web site.
The pictures issued with the purported assertion exhibits the looted arms and ammunition.
Nevertheless, sources in police had mentioned at the very least 12 Maoists have been killed within the gunfight that lasted for over four hours.
In keeping with the police, ten weapons, together with seven AK-47 rifles, two SLR rifles and one Gentle Machine Gun (LMG), of the safety personnel went lacking after the assault.
In the meantime, a senior police officer mentioned the authenticity of the assertion is being verified.
“The authenticity of the assertion issued by Maoists claiming that they’ve held hostage the jawan is being verified. Additional motion will likely be taken accordingly,” Inspector Normal of Police (Bastar vary) Sundarraj P advised PTI.
Police have been constantly finishing up searches to hint Manhas, and native villagers, social organisations, native public representatives and journalists are additionally being contacted to find his whereabouts, the IG mentioned.
Tribal Activist Soni Sori has appealed to Maoists to launch the jawan if he’s of their captivity.
“In the event that they delay releasing the jawan, then I’ll head in the direction of the encounter web site on Wednesday and can attempt to speak to them (Maoists) to free him,” Sori mentioned.
Manhas was a part of a squad that had gone for an anti-Naxal operation on Friday night time within the jungles on the Bijapur and Sukma border.
On Saturday, the gunfight broke out between safety forces and ultras between Tekalguda and Jonaguda villages by which 22 troopers have been killed and 31 others injured.
Out of the 22, the Central Reserve Police Drive (CRPF) misplaced eight personnel, together with seven CoBRA commandos and one jawan from its Bastariya battalion, eight from the DRG and 6 from the Particular Process Drive.
Union Residence Minister Amit Shah on Monday visited Jagdalpur and Bijapur to overview the scenario within the aftermath of the lethal assault.
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