China hands over 5 persons ‘abducted’ from Arunachal Pradesh to India

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Srinagar: More than a week after India claimed that China “abducted” five people from Arunachal Pradesh, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Saturday handed over five persons, to the Indian authorities, at Wacha near Kibithu border personnel meeting point.

Earlier on Friday, a Member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh Kiren Rijiju had informed that the Chinese PLA has confirmed to Indian army to hand over the youths from Arunachal Pradesh to India.

“The handing over is likely to take place anytime tomorrow i.e. 12th September 2020 at a designated location”, he wrote on his twitter handle.

According to reports, the incident of five missing youths came to light when two members from their group, who had gone for hunting in the forest together, returned home and informed the families of the five that they had been whisked away by the Chinese troops from Sera-7, an Army patrol zone located about 12 km further north of Nacho, the last administrative circle along the McMahon Line and is around 120 km from the district headquarters Daporijo.

The five youths army have been identified as Toch Singkam, Prasat Ringling, Dongtu Ebiya, Tanu Baker and Ngaru Diri.

On Monday China said that it has never recognised Arunachal Pradesh which it claims is part of south Tibet.

“China’s position on the east sector of the China-India boundary, or Zangnan (the southern part of China’s Xizang (Tibet) ), is consistent and clear,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told a media briefing in Beijing, adding the Chinese government has never recognized the “so-called Arunachal Pradesh”.

“I’m not aware of the situation you mentioned,” the spokesperson said when asked about any updates about the missing Indian nationals.


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