Maoists released CRPF jawan Rakeshwar Singh on Thursday. He was taken hostage after the encounter on 3 April in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh. On this day, 23 soldiers were martyred in the Naxalite attack. Rakeshwar Singh was missing since the attack. On 7 April, the Naxalites released his photo, stating that he is in their possession and safe.
After this, a series of negotiation efforts started. Officers kept talking about search operations. During this time, a plan was also made to free Rakeshwar from the back door. IG Sundarraj P. of Bastar range has also told that the help of social organizations / public representatives and journalists were taken for the return of Rakeshwar Singh.
He named Padmashri Dharmapal Saini, Gondwana Coordination Committee Chairman Telam Boraiya, journalists Ganesh Mishra and Mukesh Chandrakar, Raja Rathore, and Shankar. Finally, 5 days later Rakeshwar Singh returned.
More shocking than the release of Rakeshwar Singh is the way to release him. The Naxalites chose the place where they attacked the security forces for the release of Rakeshwar Singh. Hundreds of people were mobilized here. In this Janpanchayat, Rakeshwar Singh was presented with a tied hand. Media people were called for its coverage. Two Naxalites were seen opening the hands of the jawan. Videos of the release were made and Rakeshwar Singh was sent along with the mediators.
Naxalites were in the driving seat in this entire development. He said that despite the claims of the government, everything is in his hands. Where the big operation was being claimed, the Naxalites gave the message by releasing Rakeshwar Singh that the rule over that area belongs to us. It is also considered a Naxalite mind game. There are some other aspects that show how the government, police, military, and administration remained spectators in front of the Naxalites.
How Naxalite are increasing psychological reach:
After the abduction, on April 4, the Naxals themselves called the media and told them that they had kidnapped the jawan. He clearly stated that the commando is safe and they will release him unconditionally soon. The Naxalites tried to adopt the High Moral Ground by saying so. By doing this, the Naxalites may try to show that their enmity is not with the soldiers, but with the government.
After this, to get maximum publicity, the Naxalites announced that the government should declare the names of the arbitrators for the release of the commandos.
The release of the commandos was carried out by the Naxalites without much delay, and not creating a very forced situation for the government so that they could get Goodwill.
The way Naxalites have tried to give such a message that they have no fear of the government in their core area, from the way the public court was set up and released from the ropes of the commandos in front of the crowd of thousands of tribals. They also have no fear of the government threatening a decisive battle.
By doing so, they have not only defied the sovereignty of the country but have also tried to damage the image of the Central Government to a great extent.