China releases 5 Indians who went missing from Arunachal Pradesh, Indian Army takes custody
China releases 5 Indians who went missing from Arunachal
- Sep 13, 2020
The five Indian nationals who were allegedly abducted by the Chinese army from a bordering village in Arunachal Pradesh have been released by China. They returned to India on Saturday afternoon.
The five villagers from a remote village in Arunachal Pradesh have entered India with the Army personnel accompanying them. The handover took place at Wacha near Kibithu area in Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday.
Absolutely glad to know that five of our Arunachali youths have been safely handed over to Indian Army by Chinese PLA. I am wholeheartedly thankful to the Govt of India and the Indian Army for their persistent effort in securing their return. @PMOIndia @adgpi— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) September 12, 2020
Indian Army has now taken the custody of all five men in Kibithu after completing all formalities. The individuals will now be quarantined for 14 days as per Covid-19 protocol and will thereafter be handed over to their families.
"All the 5 Indian youths from Arunachal Pradesh who were received at Kibithu by our Army from PLA are fit and fine. However, they will be quarantined for a specified period. I also thank Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh ji for the concern he had shown," Union minister Kiren Rijiju said in a tweet.
All the 5 Indian youths from Arunachal Pradesh who were received at Kibithu by our Army from PLA are fit and fine. However, they will be quarantined for a specified period.— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) September 12, 2020
I also thank Raksha Mantri @rajnathsingh ji for the concern he had shown. https://t.co/Wpg3pCkObz pic.twitter.com/1IpApYkxZz
The PLA on Tuesday had conveyed that the five youths, who went missing on September 4 from the Sino-Indian border in Upper Subansiri district, were found by them across the border.
The incident of these 5 missing men came to light when two members from the group, who went hunting in the jungle, returned home and informed the families that they were whisked away by the Chinese troops from Sera-7, an Army patrol zone located about 12 km further north of Nacho.
Nacho is the last administrative circle along the McMahon line and is around 120 km from the district headquarters Daporijo.
Kiren Rijiju took up the matter and said the Indian army had sent a hotline message to the PLA establishment at the border point in Arunachal Pradesh and that a response is awaited. China has initially said they were unaware of any Indians who have gone missing in China.
China's PLA has handed over our 5 boys to our side here at Kibitu area. I appreciate Indian Army for the smooth return of our citizens. I thank Indian Army Chief, his office and the local Commanders for constantly following up the matter and regularly updating me on the matter. pic.twitter.com/OtUKEa0kaR— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) September 12, 2020
The release of the 5 Indian nationals come amid the ongoing tension between India and China over the Ladakh border dispute where troops of the two countries have been engaged in a prolonged faceoff.
Tensions between India and China have been going on since April, which further escalated on August 29-30 when the Chinese troops tried to occupy forward Indian positions in Ladakh. In yet another incident, Chinese troops opened fire in the air, followed by a skirmish with the Indian troops.
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