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RaipurOne hour agoAuthor: Suman Pandey
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CRPF’s Cobra Commando Rakeshwar was abducted by the Naxalites following the encounter on Saturday in Bijapur.
A secret deal was struck between the government and the Naxalites to free CRPF Cobra Commando Rakeshwar Singh. The deal was revealed when a team of journalists reached a Maoist stronghold with intermediaries for Rakeshwar’s release. A tribal named Kunjam Sukka was captured by security forces from the Bijapur encounter site. The Naxalites had conditioned the release of this tribal in lieu of leaving Rakeshwar Singh. The security forces sent Kunjam Sukka along with the intermediaries to the Naxalites. Only after getting its handover, the Naxalites handed over Rakeshwar Singh to the journalists. Read the Inside Story of all the events that happened on 8 April.
CRPF’s Cobra Commando Rakeshwar Singh was stationed 15 km from Jonaguda village in Bijapur district. On Thursday afternoon, he was handed over to a team of mediators and journalists fixed by the administration. About 40 Naxalites were present when the Naxalites were leaving the commandos who had been in the occupation of the Naxalites for 5 days. People from 20 nearby villages were called. Amidst all this, the young man was released. When the commandos were released, journalists Ganesh Mishra, Rajan Das, Mukesh Chandrakar, Yukesh Chandrakar, Shankar and Chetan were present there from Bijapur and Sukma.
Departed at 5 in the morning
The picture is of Tomalpad village on the border of Bijapur Sukma district where the jawan was handed over.
SP Kamalochan Kashyap of Bijapur said that the team of mediators and journalists had left from Bijapur from 5 am. Mukesh Chandrakar, one of the reporters, told that we were asked to come to Jonaguda. We reached Jonaguda by midday through the bumpy heat of the scorching heat. This place is about 80 to 85 kilometers away from Bijapur district headquarters. After reaching here, we went inside about 15 kilometers. After about two to three hours of tense atmosphere, the commando Rakeshwar was released. Around 5 to 6 pm, we brought the jawan to Tarrem police station, after which he was handed over to the police and CRPF.
Ok rakeshwar singh
Now Rakeshwar is under the supervision of CRPF. He is currently undergoing treatment.
CRPF’s Cobra Commando Rakeshwar Singh was abducted by Naxalites after the encounter on Saturday in Bijapur. When Rakeshwar, who was released on Thursday 5 days later, reached the camp, the CRPF was told that Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, a soldier of the 210 Cobra Battalion, was safe. According to the rules of CRPF, medical examination of Manhas is being done. His family has been informed in this regard. Along with this, talk of Manhas has also been made to his family through mobile. Journalist Shankar, who brought the commandos on his bike, told that when he asked Rakeshwar, he said that there is no problem, I am fine.
Rakeshwar said as soon as he left – hurry up
Rakeshwar was released after calling a meeting of 20 villagers.
Commando Rakeshwar was asked by reporters to speak as soon as he was released. On this Rakeshwar said softly that let’s move quickly from here. Will talk in the camp. Rakeshwar told that the Naxalites had told him that they would release him at 9 am. Rakeshwar Singh appeared in a hurry to reach the camp before dark. Journalists also understood the situation and brought them to Tarram police station.
Thousands of villagers were seen and then there was a stir in the forest
The jawan was tied with ropes by the Naxalites.
The Naxalites had demanded from the government to send neutral arbitrators, we will release the jawan. Yukesh, the journalist who went to release the jawan, told that there were a crowd of about 2 thousand people from 20 villages. We were scared to see this, because anything could happen. Naxalites were keeping an eye on the people, journalists and mediators present in the village. The first jawan was not brought as soon as the intermediaries arrived. The Naxalites first sensed the whole atmosphere and after that there was some movement towards the forest. Around 35 to 40 arms-locked Naxalite commandos came among the people carrying Rakeshwar.
Naxalites told villagers, told to keep camera off
Armed Naxalites stood among the people in this way.
After bringing the jawan, some Naxalites surrounded the whole area, some of the jawans stood in the circle and some intermediaries. According to information received from sources, these belonged to the Naxalite Palmed Area Committee. He was accompanied by a female Naxalite who was leading the entire Naxalites. On arrival, the Naxalites told the journalists that no one would turn on the camera. There was a matter of security of the jawan, so journalists obeyed the Naxalites. After this, the Naxalites called Telam Bauriya and Sukhmati Hakka of the tribal society to hold talks and spoke a few things.
Gathering the villagers in a place like this also tells how the network and rule of the Naxalites operates there.
The Naxalites told the villagers that Rakeshwar met them in an unconscious state after the encounter in Jonaguda. He was kept safe for 5 days, some injuries also came to Rakeshwar and he was treated. Now we are leaving them safe. The woman leader of the Naxalites clearly said that we are handing these over to journalists so that they take them to the camp, they will not cause any harm on the way. Everyone waited for a long time and then released the jawan. When the jawan began to be released, the media was allowed to make a video on request.
Police had to leave a villager in lieu of a soldier
Top police officers kept an important information hidden in the case of this complete release. According to information received from the sources, the middlemen were assigned a villager named Kunjam Sukka even before going to the Naxalites. He was taken into custody from the site of the rural encounter. Before releasing the jawan, the Naxalites asked the intermediaries where the villager was. So the mediators said that we brought him along. The villager was handed over to the Naxalites in front of the villagers. In return, the jawan was released by the Naxalites.
Naxalites kept this condition, finally the villagers were infuriated
While leaving the jawan, the journalists were allowed by the Naxalites to turn on the camera.
Journalists Yukesh and Rajan said that the entire villagers became angry around 4 pm when they left the jawan. The people of the village started telling the Naxalites that they are making a mistake except the jawan, do not leave it, do not release it. Before the commotion escalated, journalists along with jawans and middlemen left on a bike. The Naxalites and many villagers have now placed a condition in front of journalists and mediators that in the coming days, when the force’s people detain the tribals, they will have to take similar talks and mediation and initiative to get them released.