Five men, who went missing from villages near the border with China earlier this month, have been handed over to India by China’s People’s Liberation Army or PLA , army sources said this morning.
The handover took place in the Chinese territory and it will take over an hour for the team to reach the Indian side and enter Arunachal Pradesh through Kibithu border post.
“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,” Union Minister Kiren Rijiju had tweeted on Friday.
The five men who had been missing since September 1 were hunters, the army had said in a statement.
Their families and locals, however, said they were porters.
Earlier this week, the Chinese Army had confirmed their presence in the country.
“As a result of persistent efforts of Indian Army, five missing hunters from Indian side of LAC in Upper Subansiri, who had inadvertently crossed over to other side on 2 September 2020, were traced. Chinese Army on September 8 responded on hotline and confirmed that the missing Indians have been found on their side,” the Army had said in a statement.
The army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police uses locals as porters, guides and scouts during Long-range patrols (LRPs). They need help from porters to carry supplies at all strategic points along the McMahon Line, the effective border between India and China.