The Arunachal youth was handed over to the Indian Army on April 7
The Arunachal youth was handed over to the Indian Army on April 7|Representational image

Arunachal youth crosses over to China by mistake, brought home

21-year-old Arunachal youth crosses over to China while collecting herbs, picked up by Chinese troops on March 19; Indian Army facilitates safe return, handed over today

Irani Sonowal Lepcha

Irani Sonowal Lepcha

Itanagar: The Indian Army on Wednesday successfully facilitated the safe return of a youth from Arunachal Pradesh who reportedly crossed over to the Chinese side in search of herbs on March 19.

The 21-year-old youth, who has been identified as Togley Singkam, had along with two of his friends gone to collect herbs in the area. Singkam was reportedly picked up on the same day by the Chinese security persons while his friends managed to escape.

After the incident came to light, the Indian Army immediately swung into action and approached the Chinese side utilising the established border management mechanism, defence PRO P Khongsai said.

Owing to peace and tranquility that is existing in the region and the bonhomie that has developed between both the border guarding forces, Singkam was handed over to the Indian Army on Tuesday, the defence PRO said.

The return of the youth has provided immense relief to the family members and also to the people of the area.

The individual has currently been quarantined by the Indian Army in view of COVID-19 and would be subsequently handed over to his family after 14 days.

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