Kolkata, September 12
The 5 Arunachal Pradesh youths, whose “disappearance” had triggered a diplomatic row between India and China, have been immediately handed over to the Indian Army by the Chinese PLA at Kibitu. “Absolutely glad to know that five of our Arunachali youths have been safely handed over to Indian Army. I am wholeheartedly thankful to the Govt of India and the Indian Army for their persistent effort in securing their return (sic),” Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu tweeted.
Dehradun: Amid the continuing standoff with China alongside the LAC, Central Air Command chief Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar met Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to hunt land for establishing amenities that may assist the IAF perform its actions in border areas. Uttarakhand shares its borders with China and Nepal. PTI
While the native media had reported that the youths have been “abducted” by the PLA, the Army immediately stated they’d “inadvertently strayed to the other side of the LAC”. Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande, spokesperson for the Tezpur-headquartered 4 Corps, stated cases of Indian nationals unknowingly trespassing into the Chinese facet and touchdown within the custody of the PLA weren’t unusual. — TNS