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Chhattisgarh Naxal attack: Maoists say CoBRA jawan in their custody, set conditions for release

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CRPF personnel carry the coffin of a paramilitary soldier who lost his life in an encounter with Maoists in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.

Naxals in Chhattisgarh have released a statement wherein they have claimed that the missing Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) commando is in their custody. The missing jawan has been identified as constable Rakeshwar Singh Manhas of the 210th CoBRA battalion, an elite unit of CRPF. He went missing after the April 3 gunfight between Naxals and security personnel near Sukma-Bijapur border.

The two-page letter, penned by banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), stated that the outfit is willing to negotiate with the Centre. It has asked the government to appoint a mediator to negotiate for the release of Manhas. The banned outfit also admitted that four of its cadres were killed in the encounter in which 22 security personnel had lost their lives.

“One jawan is in our custody. We are ready to negotiate with the government. They can announce mediators. We will release him (captive jawan). Police jawans are not our enemies,” the outfit said in the letter.

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