Arunachal Pradesh Police has admitted to the abduction of five youths of the state by the Chinese Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) from Sera-7 on the Indian side of the Mc Mohan line. Although there were several reports of the abduction since the incident took place on Thursday, there was no official confirmation from the State Police yet.
Taru Gussar, Superintendent of Police, Upper Subansiri district said he spoke to the family members of the five missing youths, but till date they have not lodged any formal complaint. He admitted that the incident has happened.
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It may be mentioned that the PLA had reportedly abducted five villagers from Nacho, Upper Subansiri in Arunachal Pradesh. This was stated by Congress legislator Ninong Ering at first. The incident had reportedly happened at a time when India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is meeting defence ministers of Russia and China. Ering stated that China’s action have sent a very wrong message.
The five boys belongs to the Tagin community of Arunachal Pradesh. They were abducted from a jungle near Nacho while they were out for hunting. The villagers who have reportedly been abducted are Toch Singkam, Prasat Ringling. Dongtu Ebiya, Tanu Baker and Ngaru Diri. Two other villagers who had accompanied the abducted persons managed to escape.
However, on Monday China’s Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that they do not have any information about the abduction of five Indian youths. Lijian tweeted, “China has never recognized so-called “Arunachal Pradesh,” which is China’s south Tibet region, and we have no details to release yet about question on Indian army sending a message to PLA about five missing Indians in the region: Chinese FM spokesperson Zhao Lijian.”
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