GUWAHATI: A Congress MLA from Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday claimed that five people from the neighbouring state have been abducted by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
The Congress leader Ninong Ering in a tweet said that the five were abducted from Nacho village of the Upper Subasiri district in Arunachal Pradesh. He wrote: “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).”
Ering’s Tweet also contained a screenshot of a Facebook post that named the people who are said to have been abducted by the PLA. However, the tweet has no information about when was the five were abducted.
The politician also demanded a ‘befitting reply’ to China and its army. He also claimed that a similar incident had taken place in the state a few months ago.
The villagers who have reportedly been abducted were identified as Toch Singkam, Prasat Ringling, Dongtu Ebiya, Tanu Baker and Ngaru Diri.
Local sources in Arunachal Pradesh added that two other villagers who had accompanied the group had managed to escape. The incident has created panic among the villagers of Nacho.
The victims’ relatives residing here said they will be leaving on Saturday morning to discuss with the army officials and ascertain the incident.
No further information had been received from the army officials and the district administration at the time of filing this report.
The claim came at a time when tensions have flared up again in eastern Ladakh after China’s unsuccessful attempt to occupy Indian territory in the southern bank of Pangong lake.
Following China’s fresh attempts to change the status quo in the southern bank of Pangong lake, India has further bolstered its military presence in the region.