Police are exploring all channels, including contacting local villagers, to trace the missing CoBRA commando whom the Maoists claim to have abducted after an encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region three days back, a senior official said. Police informers have also been activated to gather information about the missing jawan, he said.
Constable Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, of the 210th battalion of CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), an elite unit of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), went missing on Saturday after the gunfight along the border of Sukma and Bijapur districts.
Twenty two security personnel were killed and 31 others were injured in the fierce gun-battle. A journalist from Sukma said he had got a call from Maoists, claiming that the commando is in their captivity and he will not be harmed.
Our one jawan is still missing. Rumors are that he is under the captivity of Naxals. Currently, we are verifying the news and planning an operation in context with the jawan said Kuldiep Singh (CRPF DG)