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Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is expected to hand over 5 men from Arunachal Pradesh, who went missing on September 3 from forest area near Nacho in Upper Subansiri district of the state, on September 12.

Union minister and Member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh, Kiren Rijiju on September 11 informed that the Chinese PLA has confirmed to the Indian Army about the 5 men and they are likely to be handed over to the Indian side on September 12.

“The Chinese PLA has confirmed to Indian Army to hand over the youths from Arunachal Pradesh to our side. The handing over is likely to take place anytime tomorrow i.e. 12th September 2020 at a designated location,” the minister informed through a tweet.

Earlier, reports said that the five men, who went deep in the jungles in Nacho for hunting, were abducted by the Chinese army.

Rijiju on September 8 informed that the Chinese army responded to a hotline message sent by the Indian Army about the missing men. “China’s PLA has responded to the hotline message sent by Indian Army. They have confirmed that the missing youths from Arunachal Pradesh have been found by their side. Further modalities to handover the persons to our authority is being worked out,” the minister had tweeted.

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The incident came to light amid border tensions between the two neighbours.

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