WION Sukma, Chhattisgarh, India
Mar 28, 2017, 10.05 AM
Canadian national, John Schlazak, who was missing from the Siganmadgu village in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district since Monday, is being held by villagers, government officials said.
Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhisheek Meena said Schlazak had been detained by "suspicious" villagers and was safe.
Chhattisgarh Director General of Police, Anti-Naxal operations, DM Awasthi said the Canadian had come to the village on a bike, and that he had not been kidnapped. He added that Schlazak was in the process of being rescued.
Chhattisgarh's Director General of Police, Anti-Naxal operations, DM Awasthi said, "We have located the Canadian national. We are sending the force to the location. He has not been kidnapped but had definitely been missing. He had come here on a bike. We are monitoring the entire situation."
Media reports had earlier quoted the police as saying that Szlazak generated an emergency alert on a GPS system installed in his bike on Monday. His last location was traced near Chhattisgarh's's Singanmadgu village in Sukma, near the border with Odisha.
A top police official from Chhattisgarh said he had gone missing from south Sukma and that a search operation had been launched in Siganmadgu village, a Maoist-hotbed.
Responding to reports of his kidnapping from Odisha's Koraput district, Sushma Swaraj had said the centre was aware of the matter and had asked the Odisha government for a report.
John Schlazak, reportedly left Mumbai from Chhattisgarh on a bike in mid-March.
His travel was reportedly planned by a city travel agent.