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Chhattisgarh ambush: Maoists release abducted CRPF commando

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News video: Watch: Journalists recall release of CRPF jawan by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

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Journalists recall release of CRPF jawan by naxals in Chhattisgarh. The abducted CRPF jawan Rakeshwar Singh was released by naxals. Manhas was brought to the CRPF camp in Bijapur after he was released. “A press note was released saying that the government is preparing a team for mediation. Bastar...

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