Itanagar/Tinsukia: At a time when India and China border tensions are escalating, five Arunachalee youths from Nacho circle under Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh have been reportedly abducted by Chinese army from sera 7 area near Indo-China border.
The five youths reportedly are Tanu Bakar, Prasat Ringling, Ngaru Diri, Dongtu Ebiya and Toch Singkam from Tagin Community.
A Facebook post from Prakash Ringling’s has been making rounds in the social media.
“My brother Prasad Ringling, S/O Tako Ringling and other four of Nacho circle had been abducted by People Liberation Army from Sera 7 (Indo-China border). So kindly request to state government and Indian Authority to take immediate action to bring these boys back to their home. It is an appeal from family members of these boys, ” said Ringling’s Facebook post.
Speaking to EastMojo, superintendent of Upper Subansiri district Taru Gusar said, “we are yet to receive a formal complaint from victim’s families. We have learnt it from social media and are trying to verify the facts.”
“Attempts are being made to establish contact with the army,” Gusar added.
Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Pasighat West assembly constituency Ninong Ering tweeted at 5.08 am on Saturday. He wrote in his tweet “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).”
Previously, in April, Indian Army had successfully facilitated the safe return of a 21-year-old Arunachalee youth who had crossed over to Chinese territory in search of herbs on March 19 and had gone missing since.
The youth, who has been identified as Togley Singkam had gone to collect herbs in the Asapila sector near the McMahon line in Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh along with two of his friends.
“If the reports are true, it is an indication of Chinese built up on this axis of LAC and yet another intrusion,” a source in the intelligence agency said while speaking to EastMojo.
Update at 10:13 AM:
Confirming the disappearance of youths, director general of police Arunachal Pradesh RR Upadhyaya said, “Five youths, who had gone to jungle, are missing since yesterday. However, there families have not formally lodged any report with the police and it is not clear what have happened to them.”
“We have informed the army about the incident and trying to ascertain their location,” he added.
The LAC is around 100 kms from SERA 7, under Nacho circle, from where the abduction has been reported.