Bijapur. Rakeshwar Singh, who was missing after the Bijapur encounter on April 3, was captured by Naxalites. They have released a photo of him. In this, Rakeshwar (CRPF's Cobra Battalion) is sitting in their Camp.
Naxalites have said that Rakeshwar is safe. There are reports of him being in Jagaragunda area. There is some speculation that the place where they are keeping the jawan is near a village, forest or hill.
Earlier, the Naxalites made a WhatsApp call and told the media that the jawan was with them. A day earlier, they had issued a press note asking the government to name the mediators for talks, after which they will hand over the jawans.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has called a cabinet meeting on Wednesday to review the COVID infection. During this time, there was some discussion on the names of mediators for talks with the Naxalites. Home Minister Tamra Dhwaj Sahu said on Tuesday that he had not seen the letter (by Naxalites) but has heard of it. A decision will be taken in this regard only after speaking to the Chief Minister.
CRPF DG Kuldeep Singh said, "One of our jawans is missing, the Naxalites may have captured him. We are trying to confirm this news and also planning an operation to rescue him".