Indian Army sends ‘hotline message’ to China’s PLA over ‘abduction’ of 5 Arunachal residents

A day after Congress MLA Ninong Ering alleged that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has abducted five boys from Upper Subansiri’s Nacho region in Arunachal Pradesh and appealed to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to ensure their ‘safe return’, union minister Kiren Rijiju has said Indian Army has sent a hotline message to their Chinese counterparts in this regard.

Replying to a question posed by a journalist seeking an update, Rijiju put out a Tweet in response while saying that an update from China was still awaited.

“The Indian Army has already sent hotline message to the counterpart PLA establishment at the border point in Arunachal Pradesh. Response is awaited,” Rijiju tweeted.

A senior Arunachal Pradesh police officer had apprised on Saturday that the cops have launched a probe after reports stated that five people from the Tagin community, who have been identified as Toch Singkam, Prasat Ringling, Dongtu Ebiya, Tanu Baker and Ngaru Diri, were abducted by the Chinese troops.

They had reportedly gone for hunting in a forest in Upper Subansiri district on the India-China border. Two others who were along with the five who have been ‘abducted’ managed to flee and informed the local police of what had happened.

Their family members who live at district headquarters Daporijo said some of their relatives had left for Nacho, about 120 km from the district headquarters, to discuss what had happened with Indian Army.

“Five boys have been abducted by China’s People’s Liberation Army from the Upper Subansiri area. Doing something like this while Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is in Russia meeting his Chinese counterpart, sends a very wrong message to the people here. Arunachal Pradesh is a very special part of our country where people are welcomed with ‘Jai Hind’ and slogans praising Bharat Mata,” Ering had said in a video.

Claiming that this was the “second” such incident that has happened, Ering said, “Our border along China is approximately 1,100 kilometres long. We also share borders with Bhutan and Myanmar. This time, We have seen incursions in Chaglagam and Dibang Valley, and China has started construction of roads about 100 kilometres from the last outpost in Dibang Valley.”

Ering also tweeted about the same earlier this morning, while urging Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to take action.

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