3 Pune youths abducted by Naxals have been released: Police

Pune: Three youths from Pune on a bicycle rally to spread the message of peace, who were allegedly abducted by Naxals from the insurgency-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, have been released police said on Saturday.”The three abducted students from Pune are released and they have safely arrived at Chintalnar police camp.” ACP Barge said.

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“The youths were reported missing from forested pocket of Basaguda region of Bijapur bordering Maharashtra. Kutru is said to be the last place where they were seen by locals a few days back,” Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range, SRP Kalluri, told PTI. As the abdcutees have been identified as Aadrash Patil, Vilas Valake and Shrikirhna Shevale, he said.

The youths had launched a cycle rally under their “Bharat Jodo” (Link India) campaign to propagate the message of peace in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, the states worst affected by Naxalism over the past three decades, he said.

They had started their journey from Pune on December 20, and passing through several places of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, they were going to conclude it at Balamela in Odisha on January 10, he said.