Two days after news of five persons from Arunachal Pradesh alleged of being abducted by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the Indian Army has sent a hotline message to its PLA counterpart, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Sunday.
The Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs (Independent Charge) Kiren Rijiju replying to a query on Twitter, said,“The Indian Army has already sent a hotline message to the counterpart PLA establishment at the border point in Arunachal Pradesh. Response is awaited.”
Rijiju, who earlier held Union home affairs as a Minister of State is an MP from, Arunachal Pradesh West parliamentary constituency.
The query asked, “Out of concern, I ask again..What is the update on those 5 Indians reportedly abducted by Chinese #PLA in #ArunachalPradesh as reported yesterday? Could @adgpi @MEAIndia @KirenRijiju @PemaKhanduBJP give us some update on same please?”
Earlier, Congress MLA from Pasighat, Ninong Ering had on Saturday, claimed that five people from Arunachal Pradesh were abducted by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on September 4 triggering tension among the local population.
Allegations are that five persons belonging to the Tagin community were abducted from the jungle near Nacho along the McMahon Line in Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh while they were out hunting.
Two other villagers, who had managed to flee from the abductors, informed the other villagers.
“Five people from Upper Subansiri district of our state Arunachal Pradesh have reportedly been ‘abducted’ by China’s PLA. Few months earlier, a similar incident happened. A befitting reply must be given to PLA and CCP China,” Ering had said. His claims were corroborated by a report in the regional newspaper.
Upper Subansiri district Superintendent of Police Taru Gussar said that they have sent a fact finding team to the bordering village to collect the authentic details of the incident.
The India-China border is about 170 kms from Daporijo, the headquarters of Upper Subansiri district, which itself is 280 kms from state capital Itanagar.
Arunachal Pradesh shares a 1,080-km border with China, 520 kms with Myanmar and 217 kms with Bhutan.
This incident comes close on the heels of another similar incident when another Arunachalee youth, 21-year-old Tongle Sinkam, was allegedly ‘abducted’ on March 19 , by Chinese PLA after he had reportedly crossed over the McMohan Line to the Chinese side in search of herbs, handed him over to Indian Army after 14 days.