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China to hand over missing Arunachal men today: Report

NEW DELHI, SEP 11 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 9/11/2020 1:07:28 PM IST

 China will hand over five Indian nationals who went missing from Arunachal Pradesh last Saturday. The handoff will take place at Wacha near Kibithu border personnel meeting point, a source in the Indian Army said.

“The Chinese People’s Liberation Army ( PLA) has confirmed to Indian Army to hand over the youths from Arunachal Pradesh to our side. The handing over is likely to take place anytime tomorrow i.e. 12th September 2020 at a designated location,” Union minister Kiren Rijijiu informed in a tweet.

The matter was first brought to the attention of authorities when family members of the missing men claimed in social media posts that their kin had been taken by the Chinese Army while hunting near the border. 

In fact, two of the men who were part of the same group had managed to escape and immediately alert local police in Arunachal Pradesh’s Upper Subansiri district.

The missing men have been identified as Toch Singkam, Prasat Ringling, Dongtu Ebiya, Tanu Baker and Ngaru Diri. All of them hail from Nacho area under Subansiri district. Nacho is the last administrative circle along the McMahon Line.

This exchange comes at a crucial time when India and China are engaged in an intense military standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. Both countries have been actively holding military and diplomatic dialogue to achieve disengagement in the region in the aftermath of PLA’s bid to alter the status quo in that part of Ladakh in May of this year.

 

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