Jammu and Kashmir: 'Cobra commandos held hostage in Chhattisgarh encounter will return home safely', claims Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha
In the recent encounter between security forces and Naxalites in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, Cobra commandos were abducted by Naxalites. On this, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha promised that he was confident that the cobra commandos held hostage by the Naxalites would return safely. Sinha said that efforts being made for the release of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commando Rakeshwar Singh Minhas cannot be made public.
During a program in Kathua district, the Lt. Governor said that the Union Home Minister (Amit Shah) and the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh (Bhupesh Baghel) are monitoring the situation. Our condolences (abducted) are with the jawan and we are confident that he will come back completely fine and strong. God will deliver them safely to us.
31 young men were injured
Relatives of the CRPF jawan blocked the Jammu-Poonch highway and sought an assurance from the government of his safe release. In the encounter on the Bijapur-Sukma border, 31 personnel of the 210th Cobra Battalion were injured, while the Commando Minhas went missing and they were reported to be held hostage.
The Lieutenant Governor said that the efforts being made for the release of the jawan are not such that should be made public. The government is keeping a close watch on this matter. Efforts are on in every way to return the missing answer. Everyone hopes that he will return soon.