GUWAHATI: Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday despatched a police team to a frontier area along the McMahon Line that separates Upper Subansiri district from Tibet to investigate the alleged abduction of five tribal porters by Peoples Liberation Army (PLA).
The administration was alerted by a Facebook post in which the brother of one of the missing Tagin youths said Chinese troops whisked away the group from the Sera-7 patrolling area of the Indian Army along the international border near Nacho, about 120km north of the district headquarters of Daporijo, on Friday.
According to the post, which was shared on Twitter by Congress MLA Ninong Ering and BJP MP Tapir Gao, PLA had allegedly abducted seven men, of whom two escaped.
“The OC of Nacho police station has been sent to the area to verify the facts. The report will be available by Sun day morning,” Upper Subansiri SP Taru Gussar said. The Army said it didn't have any information about the alleged abduction until the local administration reacted to the social media post.
“We have alerted our teams and are in constant touch with the civil administration. The SP of Upper Subansiri said the police havent received any formal missing complaint yet,” a defence source said.
Villagers of Nacho, which is 10-12km from Sera-7, claimed the missing youths had been engaged by the Army as porters to carry supplies and work as guides in an area that has no motorable road and mobile connectivity is almost non-existent. The youths trekked to the border area with Army personnel on Thursday, they said.
“It is quite common for local youths to work as porters for the Army. The missing boys must have ventured into the jungles to hunt, fish or collect medicinal herbs after dropping supplies at the Army post,” Ering, a former Union minister, said.
The missing youths have been identified as Prasat Rngling, Toch Singkam, Dongtu Ebiya, Tanu Baker and Ngaru Diri. Sharing the FB post by Prasats brother Prakash Ringling, MLA Ering tweeted late Friday: “SHOCKING NEWS: Five people from Upper Subansiri district of our state Arunachal Pradesh have reportedly been abducted by Chinas PLA.
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