Five people from Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh have reportedly been ‘abducted’ by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), according to a report in The Arunachal Times on September 5.
The report in the Itanagar-based daily said that five persons were abducted from a jungle near Nacho while they were out hunting. The report quoted relatives of the abducted persons from district headquarters Daporijo.
Reacting to the report, Arunachal Pradesh MLA and former Union minister Ninong Ering has urged the government to take immediate steps and give a befitting reply.
“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). Few months earlier, a similar incident happened. A befitting reply must be given to #PLA and #CCPChina. @PMOIndia,” Ering tweeted early morning on September 5.
The villagers who have reportedly been abducted were Toch Singkam, Prasat Ringling, Dongtu Ebiya, Tanu Baker and Ngaru Diri.
Local media reports said that two other villages also accompanied the five but they managed to escape. On September 4, the relatives of the five persons mentioned that they were yet to reach out to the Indian army regarding the incident.
Two other villagers who had accompanied the allegedly abducted persons and managed to escape narrated the incident before the public. However, the relatives have not yet made any communication with the Indian Army regarding the incident.
On September 5, a defence spokesperson based in Tezpur headquarters, however, denied any such abduction being reported. “There are no reports of any kidnapping of four boys (sic) by PLA in Arunachal Pradesh,” defence PRO Harsha Vardhan Pande was quoted as saying by News18. He added that no missing person’s report has been lodged in any police station in Upper Subansiri district.
The incident came to light amid the border tension between India and China in Ladakh.