Army ensures safe return of Arunachal youth from China, put under quarantine

The Indian Army on April 7 successfully facilitated the safe return of an Arunachali youth who reportedly had crossed over to the Chinese side on March 19, a Defence spokesperson said.

The Army immediately swung into action after it was reported that a 21-year-old youth, Togley Singkam along with two of his friends, who had gone to collect herbs in the area, was picked up by the Chinese security persons while his friends managed to escape, Lt Col P Khongsai said in a statement.

The Defence PRO said that Indian Army approached the Chinese side utilising the established border management mechanism and 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 April 7.

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

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