The Indian Army said on Friday it was incorrect to describe the incident of a 17-year-old boy named Miram Taron from Arunachal Pradesh who disappeared near the border as a “kidnapping”. The military has requested assistance from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China to locate Taron. “We made contact with PLA and they assured us that they would locate him and return as per protocol. It will take eight to ten days,” said Army PRO Harshavardhan Pandey.
Pandey added that these types of incidents are “normal” and “happen from time to time”.
Arunachal Pradesh MP Tapir Gao said on Wednesday that the PLA ‘kidnapped’ a 17-year-old boy inside Indian Territory in the Upper Siang district of the state on Tuesday.
When the Indian Army received the information about Taron, they immediately contacted the PLA through an established hotline mechanism advising that an individual, who was collecting herbs and hunting, had wandered off and was nowhere to be found. .
PLA’s assistance has been sought to locate the individual on its side and return him in accordance with established protocol, PTI said citing sources. Gao said on Wednesday that the incident happened near where the Tsangpo River enters India in Arunachal Pradesh. Tsangpo is called Siang in Arunachal Pradesh and Brahmaputra in Assam.
The MP also said that he informed the Union Minister of State for Home Nisith Pramanik about the incident and asked him to take necessary action in this regard.
In September 2020, the PLA abducted five youths from Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh and released them after about a week.
The latest incident came at a time when the Indian military continues to be engaged in a standoff with the PLA in eastern Ladakh since April 2020. There have been 14 rounds of military-level talks between India and China to resolve the impasse.
However, the process of disengagement has yet to be done in Hot Springs, Depsang bulge and Demchok regions in eastern Ladakh. Each side currently has between 50,000 and 60,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. India shares a 3,400 km long LAC with China, from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh.
(With PTI entries)
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