GUWAHATI: Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Sunday said the Indian Army had sent a hotline message to China’s People’s Liberation Army on the issue of the abduction of five Arunachal youth.
“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.
The Indian Army has already sent hotline message to the counterpart PLA establishment at the border point in Arunachal Pradesh. Response is awaited. https://t.co/eo6G9ZwPQ9— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) September 6, 2020
The five youth were allegedly taken into custody by the PLA at the LAC after they had ventured out in the jungle for hunting, a favourite pastime of locals. According to reports, two other villagers, who managed to escape, narrated the incident before the public.
The police in Arunachal’s Upper Subansiri district had said on Saturday that a team would go and meet locals to verify facts.
Such incidents do occur in that part of Arunachal. In March, one person was captured by the PLA and following talks at the army level between both countries, he was released about a month later.