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Maoists release picture of CoBRA constable in their captivity

JAMMU: The CPI (Maoists), who had admitted through a press note that the missing CRPF jawan from the elite CoBRA unit was in their captivity, have now released his picture on Wednesday to prove this fact.

Earlier, the police had been skeptical about the Maoists' claim that they had the jawan in their custody, said media reports.

In the picture released by the Maoists, the CoBRA jawan Rakeshwar Singh Manhas is seen squatted on a plastic mat under a temporary shelter, and in conversation with someone.

Manhas, a Jammu resident from CRPF's CoBRA unit had gone missing in the aftermath of the fierce gun battle that broke out between the Maoists and security personnel in the Sukma-Bijapur border in Chhattisgarh. The Maoists had allegedly ambushed the security personnel who was scouring the area after being tipped off about the presence of a wanted Maoist leader, Hidma. Twenty-two security personnel lost their lives in this incident.


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