PLA confirms ‘finding’ 5 lacking Arunachal youths

Shubhadeep Choudhury

Tribune News Service

Kolkata, September 8

China, which on Monday gave indicators of dragging the difficulty of returning 5 youths of Arunachal Pradesh captured by the PLA, has confirmed that the boys are with them. 

“China’s PLA has responded to the hotline message sent by Indian Army. They have confirmed that the missing youths from Arunachal Pradesh have been found by their side. Further modalities to handover the persons to our authority is being worked out,” Kiren Rijiju, Union minister of state for sports activities and youth welfare and Lok Sabha member from Arunachal Pradesh, stated in a tweet on Tuesday.

Congress MLA Ninong Ering, who first highlighted the incident, advised The Tribune that he was very completely satisfied that the Central authorities’s initiative to safe the discharge of the lacking youths was bearing fruit.


“It should not take much time now for the boys to finally return to their worried parents,” Ering stated over telephone from Itanagar.

Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande, spokesperson of the Army’s Tezpur headquartered 4 Corps, which takes care of operations in Arunachal Pradesh, stated the Army had contacted the PLA on September 5 relating to the 5 lacking youths. “The attitude of the Chinese is very positive and the boys will be released soon after the completion of the formalities,” Pande advised The Tribune whereas refusing to spell out any timeframe for the discharge.

Rijiju’s announcement in the present day got here as a pleasing shock after Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian was on Monday quoted by the state-run media at Beijing as having stated that China thought of the “so-called Arunachal Pradesh” as south Tibet and the PLA was having no element about “missing Indians in the region”.

China’s assertion claiming Arunachal Pradesh as part of its personal territory attracted sturdy protests within the state situated within the north-eastern aspect of India.

“People of Arunachal Pradesh are proud Indians and staunch patriots. We don’t need any recognition or validation from a foreign entity. Instead of issuing misleading statements, the Chinese government should direct its armed forces to immediately release five civilians from Nacho area of Upper Subansiri district who were abducted by PLA soldiers recently,” the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU), which enjoys widespread assist among the many native folks, stated in a press communique.

AAPSU additionally urged the Central authorities to take recourse to “strong deterrent against recurring mischief by China along the LAC”.

The 5 lacking boys had gone to the Indo-China border at Lacho space in Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh accompanying Army personnel as employed porters. The boys, stated to be youngsters, have been picked up by the PLA after they have been returning to their village.

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