Itanagar: 5 individuals from Arunachal Pradesh, who went lacking on Friday, have been discovered within the Chinese language territory, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju mentioned on Tuesday.
Rijiju, the Union Youth Affairs and Sports activities Minister and an MP from Arunachal Pradesh, mentioned in a tweet: “China’s PLA has responded to the hotline message sent by Indian Army. They have confirmed that the missing youths from Arunachal Pradesh have been found on their side. Further modalities to handover the persons to our authority are being worked out.”
When contacted by IANS, Higher Subansiri district Superintendent of Police Taru Gussar mentioned that he’s very busy with the developments and may’t converse to the media in the intervening time.
Earlier on Tuesday morning, Gussar had mentioned that the relations of the 5 lacking individuals, who many suspected have been kidnapped by the Chinese language PLA troopers, didn’t inform the police.
“People from this area go to the forest for hunting, which is a traditional practice among the tribals of this region. I cannot say anything till I get any confirmation about what exactly happened,” Gussar had instructed IANS over telephone.
Earlier within the day, Congress’ deputy chief within the Lok Sabha, Gaurav Gogoi, had urged Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to make sure the secure return of the 5 youth from Arunachal Pradesh.
“I am writing to you to register my grave concern regarding the condition of the five young men from Arunachal Pradesh who have gone missing from the Upper Subansiri district during a hunting exercise. Their family members have made statements alleging that they have been abducted, holding the Chinese People’s Liberation Army responsible for the incident,” Gogoi wrote to Rajnath Singh.
Rijiju had earlier mentioned that the Indian Military has despatched a hotline message to the PLA in regards to the reported abduction of 5 individuals from Arunachal Pradesh.
The state’s Directorate of Data and Public Relations had earlier tweeted: “Arunachal Govt is closely monitoring the case of 5 missing boys in Nacho village, Upper Subansiri District. District Administration has been directed to assist all concerned agencies to trace the missing boys.”
The native media in Arunachal Pradesh had additionally reported that the reported kidnappings occurred in a forest space close to Nacho in Higher Subansiri. In response to media stories, the kidnapped individuals — Toch Singkam, Prasat Ringling, Dongtu Ebiya, Tanu Baker and Ngaru Diri, all from the Tagin neighborhood — had gone to the forest for searching. Two different villagers, who had managed to flee the spot, had knowledgeable the opposite villagers.
The India-China border is about 170 km from Daporijo, the headquarters of Higher Subansiri district, which itself is 280 km from state capital Itanagar. A staff from the Nacho police station has been despatched to the ahead space village.
Arunachal Pradesh’s northeast part shares a 1,080 km-long border with China.