Friday 30 October 2020

PLA kidnaps 5 men from Arunachal: Probe begins

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Having been thwarted in their advances by the Indian Army, the soldiers of China have begun behaving like petty mercenaries. Arunachal Pradesh Police has launched an investigation following reports that villagers complained that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) kidnapped five people, who had gone hunting in a forest in District Upper Subansiri on the Sino-India border.

The alleged incident occurred last evening in Nacho area of the district, their families said. Two others, who were in the group, managed to escape and inform the police. “I have sent the officer-in-charge of the Nacho police station to the area to verify the facts and directed him to report immediately. However, the report will be available only by Sunday morning,” Superintendent of Police Taru Gussar said.

Those missing persons are Toch Singkam, Prasat Ringling, Dongtu Ebiya, Tanu Baker and Ngaru Diri. All of them belong to the Tagin community. Their family members living at district headquarters Daporijo said some of their relatives had left for Nacho last morning to discuss the matter with the Indian Army.

Nacho is around 120 km from the district headquarters.

The families urged the authorities to take steps to bring them back.

The Army could not be reached for comments.

Pasighat West MLA Ninong Ering called for a “befitting reply” to China’s army for the incident. The PLA abducted five people from District Upper Subansiri of Arunachal Pradesh, the MLA tweeted. A few months earlier, a similar incident had happened, he said. “A befitting reply must be given to #PLA and #CCPChina. @PMOIndia,” he tweeted.

In March, betraying conduct that behoves militia rather than a regular army, the PLA had abducted a 21-year-old man from Asapila sector near the McMahon line. While his two friends managed to escape, Togley Sinkam was taken away at gunpoint, his family had said. the PLA released him after 19 days in captivity.

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