Bijapur attack: Abducted CoBRA commando Rakeshwar Singh Manhas released by Naxals

April 08, 2021 | Updated 7:40 pm

Bijapur attack: Abducted CoBRA commando Rakeshwar Singh Manhas released by Naxals Rakeshwar Singh Manhas (Photo Credit: File)

New Delhi: Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, the Central Reserve Police Force CoBRA commando who was kidnapped by Naxals following the Bijapur attack in Chhattisgarh on April 3, was released on Thursday. Manhas was released following an intervention by local journalists who accompanied him from an undisclosed Naxal stronghold to a security camp near Basaguda in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, police said.

Manhas belongs to the 210th CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) battalion, an elite unit of CRPF involved in anti-Naxal operations in several states.

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Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh expressed happiness on the commando’s release. The minister took to Twitter to reveal that it was a huge relief for his family as well as the entire Jammu region, the place where Manhas hails from.

“A huge relief for the family as well as the entire Jammu region. Thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah,” the minister said in a tweet. Singh is an MP from Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir.


Previously, in an open letter, the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) claimed they had Manhas in their custody and that the CoBRA commando was safe and sound. They had further added that they would release the jawan once the Centre sent a party to negotiate his release.

“In the Bijapur attack, 24 security personnel lost their lives and 31 of them injured. One jawan is in our custody. Four People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army personnel lost their lives. We are ready to negotiate with the government. They can announce mediators. We will release him (captive jawan). Police jawans are not our enemies,” read the letter.

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A total of 24 security personnel lost their lives while 31 suffered injuries in an encounter that broke out between Naxals and security forces along the Sukma-Bijapur border on April 3 after a party of jawans were ambushed by Naxals near Jonnaguda village.