JAMMU: Relations of a CoBRA commando held hostage by Naxals after a latest gun battle with safety forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district blocked the Jammu-Poonch freeway on Wednesday, demanding an assurance from the federal government for his protected launch.
“He’s the duty of the federal government, which ought to take instant motion to make sure his protected return to us. We would like the federal government to tell us in regards to the motion it’s taking for his launch,” Meenu, spouse of kidnapped jawan Rakeshwar Singh Minhas, stated in a fervent enchantment from the protest website.
Thirty-one jawans had been injured whereas CoBRA commando Minhas, belonging to its 210th battalion, went lacking after the gunfight that occurred alongside the Bijapur-Sukma border on Saturday and was acknowledged to have been taken hostage.
Twenty-two personnel from varied safety forces just like the Commando Battalion for Resolute Motion (CoBRA) of the Central Reserve Police Pressure, its Bastariya battalion and people from the District Reserve Guard and STF of the Chattissgarh Police had been killed within the ambush.
In Jammu, dozens of kin and neighbours of Minhas took to the streets and blocked the primary street exterior his Burnai residence on Wednesday, elevating slogans of “Carry again our hero”, “Lengthy reside India” and “Shoot the traitors of the nation”.
Officers stated a police occasion was on the scene making an attempt to steer them to permit regular motion of site visitors, which needed to be diverted to a different route.
A purported assertion launched by the Maoists on Tuesday claimed that they’ve kidnapped a jawan through the gun battle in Bijapur and sought nomination of some mediators for his launch.
Requested in regards to the assertion, Meenu questioned the central authorities’s “silence” on the problem.
“If a jawan is late to report back to obligation by simply in the future after depart, motion is taken in opposition to him, however right here he’s lacking since Saturday and no person is concerned,” she stated.
She added that not a phrase had been acquired from the federal government or the CRPF, and no matter info they’d was by way of the media.
Demanding an assurance from the federal government for her husband’s protected launch, Meenu stated, “We’re involved about his security.
The Naxals made a declare and in addition got here out with a written assertion, and now the federal government ought to search for a mediator to carry him again.”
“We don’t have any supply or method to achieve out to the Naxals. We are able to solely make a request for his launch,” she stated, as her five-year-old daughter, Shragvi, stood dumb-struck close by.
The jawan’s youthful brother, Sumit, additionally appealed to the federal government to behave quick.
“We request the federal government to not waste any time and convey him again. He’s not on any overseas land like (Wing Commander) Abhinandan Varthaman, who returned dwelling from Pakistan inside 60 hours,” he added.
Nationwide president of NSUI, the scholar wing of the Indian Nationwide Congress, Neeraj Kundan visited the relations together with J&Okay Congress vice-president and former minister Raman Bhalla on Monday, and facilitated a telephonic dialog between them and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.
“I wish to discuss to my son. Please carry him again,” Minhas’s mom Kunti Devi, a CRPF jawan’s widow, had then advised Baghel.