In the picture released by the Maoists, CoBRA jawan Rakeshwar Singh Manhas is seen sitting on a plastic mat under a temporary shelter, possibly at a Maoist camp.

The CPI (Maoists) on Wednesday released an image of a jawan from the elite CoBRA unit to point out he was in their custody. the image was released each day after the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DSZC) of the banned organisation issued a press note demanding government-mandated interlocutors to whom the jawan would be handed over to.

In the picture released by the Maoists, CoBRA jawan Rakeshwar Singh Manhas is seen sitting on a plastic mat under a short lived shelter, possibly at a Maoist camp.

Manhas had gone missing on April 3, following a fierce gun battle between security forces and Maoists on the Sukma-Bijapur border. within the aftermath of the ambush, bodies of twenty-two security personnel had been recovered.

This was further confirmed by the Maoists on Tuesday. “The government must declare the names of interlocutors. then , we’ll release the policeman in our custody. Till then, he are going to be safe under our security,” Vikalp, spokesperson of the DSZC, said.

However, the Bastar IG on Tuesday released a press release during which Manhas was still described as missing. The statement said the veracity of the press note was being checked.