Kohima, September 12 (NEx): Five (05) individuals from Upper Subansiri District of Arunachal Pradesh, who strayed beyond the LAC earlier this month was handed over to India by Chinese Army, today, September 12, 2020, the army said.
A press release from PRO, Defence Wing (Kohima) said that the 05 missing Indians from Arunachal Pradesh were handed over to Indian Army at Kibitu on September 12, 2020 after completing all the formalities. The individuals will now be quarantined for 14 days as per COVID-19 protocol and will thereafter be handed over to their family members.
Further, it stated that, Arunachal Pradesh is known for its rich natural heritage and adventurous people fond of exploring the nature for medicinal herbs and possessing traditional flair for hunting which involves surviving off the land for weeks in jungles and far flung remote areas. During such adventurous forays, at times, youth have inadvertently strayed to other side of LAC. Indian Army has always been proactive in tracing the lost locals and helping them return home, it added.
Three such incidences took place in the current year in Upper Subansiri and West Siang District including the latest one. All such individuals were brought back home safely after consistent efforts and coordination by Indian Army in the past, it said.
In the latest case, five individuals from Upper Subansiri District had also inadvertently strayed across LAC on September 02, 2020. Indian Army approached PLA on hotline to trace and return them. On September 8, 2020, response on the hotline confirmed that the missing individuals had been traced.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Pema Khand in a tweet said, ‘Absolutely glad to know that five of our Arunachali youths have been safely handed over to Indian Army by Chinese PLA. I am wholeheartedly thankful to the Govt of India and the Indian Army for their persistent effort in securing their return.’
Absolutely glad to know that five of our Arunachali youths have been safely handed over to Indian Army by Chinese PLA. I am wholeheartedly thankful to the Govt of India and the Indian Army for their persistent effort in securing their return. @PMOIndia @adgpi
— Pema Khandu པདྨ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་། (@PemaKhanduBJP) September 12, 2020