CRPF Soldier Rakeshwar Singh Manhas Speaks to Family After His Release from Naxals' Captivity
After receiving news that her father, CRPF soldier Rakeshwar Singh Manhas was released safely from the captivity of Naxals, five-year-old Raghvi's excitement knows no bounds. 'Main papa ko call karungi. Unko bolungi ke mere liye ek tent laaye (I will call my father and will ask him to bring a tent house for me,' she told CNN-News18 when informed about her father's release from Maoist captivity.
Earlier, she had made an emotional appeal from Naxals for her father's safe return. Manhas was abducted by Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur where the CRPF personnel were ambushed and attacked on April 3 leading to death of 22 jawans.
Manhas was released around 4:30pm in the presence of social worker Dharampal Saini and Gondwana Samaj chief Gelam Boraiya — they were in talks with Maoists for the jawan's safe return — and hundreds of villagers, according to a source. An 11-member team that went to bring Manhas back also had seven local journalists.
As soon as the family of Manhas got the news of his release, they burst into tears and celebrated the moment by raising slogans like 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' and distributed sweets to all. They family also thanked the government.