GUWAHATI: Taking cognizance of the recent alleged abduction of five Arunachal Pradesh residents by the China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Minister of State for Youth Matters & Sports (Independent Charge) Kiren Rijiju on Sunday said that the Indian Army has already sent a hotline message to the counterpart.
Rijiju, the MP from Arunachal West constituency said, “The Indian Army has already sent hotline message to the counterpart PLA establishment at the border point in Arunachal Pradesh. Response is awaited.”
A Congress MLA from Arunachal Pradesh’s East Siang district on August 5 claimed that five people from the neighbouring state have been abducted by the PLA.
The Congress leader Ninong Ering in a tweet said that the five were abducted from Nacho village of the Upper Subansiri district in Arunachal Pradesh. He wrote: “SHOCKING NEWS: Five people from Upper Subansiri district of our state Arunachal Pradesh have reportedly been ‘abducted’ by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).”
The claim came at a time when tensions have flared up again in eastern Ladakh after China’s unsuccessful attempt to occupy Indian territory.
The politician also demanded a ‘befitting reply’ to China and its army. He also claimed that a similar incident had taken place in the state a couple of months ago.
The villagers who have reportedly been abducted were identified as Toch Singkam, Prasat Ringling, Dongtu Ebiya, Tanu Baker and Ngaru Diri.
Native sources in Arunachal Pradesh added that two other villagers who had accompanied the group had managed to escape. The incident has created panic a number of the villagers of Nacho.