A Canadian citizen on a bicycle tour of Maoist-affected Chhattisgarh has gone missing from the insurgency-hit Sukma district, sources said on Tuesday. The citizen named John, was last traced in Sukma through a GPS tracking system installed on his bike.
John’s disappearance sent the police department into a tizzy and a massive search operation was launched to locate him.
People have expressed their concern for the Canadian and they fear that Maoists might capture him to press for their demands.
However, police officials have said that John is safe and is staying with villagers as he is not familiar with the area.
Sukma SP Abhishek Meena said that police are trying to communicate with John through local traders and villagers to assure him of his safety.
John had entered Chhattisgarh from Andhra Pradesh border and headed towards Bastar region that is marred by the Maoists violence for years.