CoBRA commando Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, who was abducted by Naxals after the last week's fierce gunbattle in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, was released on Thursday, police said.
Manhas, who belonged to the 210th battalion of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), an elite unit of the CRPF, had gone missing after the gunfight on Saturday and later reported to be in the captivity of the Naxals.
The Naxals handed over the jawan, who hails from Jammu, to a group of facilitators in the forest along the Bijapur and Sukma border in the presence of a large number of villagers, police said.
"At around 4.30 pm, the abducted jawan returned to Tarrem Police Station safely along with the facilitators, who went inside the jungle to trace out his location," Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P said. He is being admitted to Basaguda field hospital for medical examination and treatment, he said.
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