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CoBRA jawan kidnapped by Naxals released today; footage viral

NEW DELHI: Commando Rakeshwar Singh Minhas, a CoBRA jawan who was kidnapped by Naxals during the Bijapur attack last week, was released today.

The footage of Minhas’ release was captured and is now going viral on social media.

Meenu, the wife of Minhas, expressed happiness on her husband’s return and thanked the government. She had earlier appealed to Lt Governor Manoj Sinha to take up the matter with the Union government and urge the prime minister and home minister for his safe return.

“Today is the happiest day of my life. I always remained hopeful of his return. I thank the government,” she has been quoted as saying by media.

It needs mention here that at least 22 security personnel were killed in the attack on the CoBRA battalion of CRPF by the Naxals who claimed that they had abducted Minhas after the ambush.

On Tuesday, Naxals had released a statement wherein they claimed that the CoBRA commando was in their custody.

The two-page letter, penned by the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), stated that the outfit was willing to negotiate with the Centre.

“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 had said in the letter.

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