Earlier today a Canadian social worker was released by Naxalites who had reportedly detained him on Monday as he cycled through the insurgency-hit Chhattisgarh region. John Szlazak was discovered by a team of journalists and teachers who had been sent into the jungle to secure his release. Police had previously denied the 25-year-old Canadian had been abducted.

From the Hindustan Times

Maoists release Canadian social worker on bicycle tour through Chhattisgarh

A Canadian social worker on a bicycle tour of Bastar who had gone missing in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-affected Sukma district on Monday and was feared to be in the custody of the rebels was found on Wednesday afternoon, said police.  

A police officer tracking the disappearance of 25-year-old John Szlazak said the Maoists had let him go. Police had sent a team of journalists and teachers inside the forest on Wednesday morning to seek John’s release and one of them found him in jungles of Amarpalli.  

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From the New Indian Express

Canadian national goes missing in maoist heartland, Sukma

According to the information that reached the State capital, a foreign national named  John Szlazak, who is reported to be a member of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), went missing from Singamadugu village in Sukma district, some 450 km south of Raipur.

Unconfirmed reports said that John left Mumbai for Bastar and reached Sukma from Jagdalpur on a motorcycle.

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From the Hindu

Canadian tourist on a bike goes missing in Bastar

However, within hours of her tweets it was learnt that Mr. Schlazak was last seen in a village in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, prompting the Chhattisgarh police to send teams of local villagers in his search.

But despite having no specific details about the whereabouts of Mr. Schlazak, the Chhattisgarh police rushed to deny the reports of his abduction.

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