Tribune News Service
Kolkata, September 8
After claiming to don’t have any data in regards to the whereabouts of 5 Arunachal youths, who have been reportedly picked up by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) alongside the border, China as we speak confirmed they have been with them.
The 5 youngsters had accompanied Army personnel as employed porters to the border in Lacho space of Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh once they have been picked up by the PLA whereas returning to their village.
“China’s PLA has responded to the hotline message sent by Indian Army. They have confirmed the missing youths have been found by their side. Further modalities to hand them over to our authority are being worked out,” tweeted Union Minister Kiren Rijiju.
The Indian Army had contacted the PLA on September 5 concerning the 5 lacking youths. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian had yesterday stated China thought-about the “so-called Arunachal Pradesh” as south Tibet and that the PLA had no particulars about “missing Indians in the region”.