STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: A number of prayers meetings and protests were held in Jammu to urge Government for ensuring safe and early return of Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, who has been abducted by the Naxals.Pertinent to mention here that during a Naxalite attack on CRPF party at Sukma-Bijapur border in Chhattisgarh on April 3, a number of Jawans were martyred while Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) commando, Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, of Barnai Jammu, went missing. Later, Naxals released a statement wherein they claimed that the missing Commando is in their custody.Shri Kailakh Jyotish Avem Vedic Sansthan (SKJAVS) Trust President, Mahant Rohit Shastri organised a havan at Bawa Kailakh Dev Mandir, Bantalab to pray for early release of CRPF Cobra Commando Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, who has been abducted by Naxals in Chhattisgarh besides praying for the martyrs. Deepak Shastri, Mohinder Sharma (Panch), Rohit Seth, Vansh Sharma and Shami Singh were also present on the occasion.Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad Jammu Mahanagar staged a protest at Press Club and burnt effigy of Naxals. ABVP Jammu Kashmir State Secretary Mukesh Manhas said loss of our soldiers and security personnel in Chhattisgarh is deeply disturbing and painful. He said that Government should initiate measures for bringing back the son of the soil at the earliest.Others present on the occasion included Chahat Anand, Akshay Jammu Mahanagar Secretary, Akash Bhagat, Rishab, Akshi Billowria Jammu Mahanagar Joint Secretaries, Niharika Hans, Natesh, Hariom, Chitvan, Kulbir and Suyash.A meeting of Ex-Central Paramilitary Forces Welfare Association, Jammu was held at Jammu Press Club which was presided over by Shashi Sharma President of the Association. During the meeting, all members observed two minutes silence in the memories of martyrs in Naxal attack at Chhattisgarh. Chairman, President and General Secretary of Ex-Central Paramilitary Forces Welfare Association has appealed to Home Minister of India, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Union MoS Dr Jatinder Singh, Director General CRPF Jugal Kishore Sharma, former MP Shamsher Manhas and BJP National Secretary Dr Narinder Singh for ensuring safe and early return of CRPF Jawan.Others present in the meeting included Satpaul Chairman, Shamsher Singh Mahnas, K S Bist, Gurbachan Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Janak Raj, Ashok Kumar, Chamail Singh, Noor Mohd, Daleep Kumar and Nanu Thappa.The workers of Dogra Front & Shiv Sena (DFSS) under leadership its President Ashok Gupta took out a massive rally in Jammu city urging Central Government to get braveheart Rakesh Singh Manhas back from clutches of Naxals. Gupta said that Rakeshwar Singh has served the country for 10 years and now it is the turn of the Government to ensure that he returns back hale and hearty.Others present on the occasion included Abhishek, Ashish, Kalu, Prem, Bantu, Chandu, Naresh, Shiva and Krishna.Municipal Councillor and City President of Block Congress Committee Nowshera Vijay Bakshi also expressed concern over captivity of Rakeshwar Singh by Naxals.He urged Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha to appeal the Govt. of India to provide an interlocutor to Naxal for release of commando.
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