Tribune News Service
Kolkata, September 12
Five Arunachal youths whose disappearance had triggered a diplomatic row between India and China have been handed over to the Indian Army by the Chinese PLA on Saturday.
The native media had initially reported that the youths have been “abducted” by the PLA. The Army on Saturday stated the boys had “inadvertently strayed to the other side of LAC”.
According to Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande, spokesman of the Army’s Tezpur-headquartered 4 Corps, such incidents of Indian nationals unknowingly trespassing into Chinese aspect of the LAC and touchdown within the custody of the PLA weren’t unusual.
“Three such incidents, including the latest one, took place in the current year in Upper Subansiri and West Siang districts. All such individuals were brought back home safely after consistent efforts and coordination by the Indian Army in the past,” Pande stated.
The newest incident additionally obtained plenty of media consideration owing to the stand-off between the Indian Army and the PLA at Ladakh.
The 5 boys, who have been taken into custody by PLA on September 2, have been handed over to the Army this morning at Kibithu on the Indian aspect of the Indo-China border at Arunachal Pradesh.
The youths–Toch Singkam, Prasat Ringling, Dongtu Ebiya, Tanu Baker and Ngaru Diri– belong to the Nacho space in Upper Subansiri district. They can be now quarantined for 14 days at Kibithu and thereafter can be despatched to their respective households.