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Abduction of 5 Arunachalis new tactics by PLA?

Abduction of 5 Arunachalis new tactics by PLA?

The image is a representation of 5 men being abducted by the forces of China

Even as China shrugged off the Indian allegation of abduction of five Arunachalis by PLA, intriguing questions remain regarding their mysterious disappearance.

Is People’s Liberation Army(PLA) of China resorting to a previously anticipated tactics of expanding the battle front along the 3,400 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC)?

Is China still firm on undertaking guerilla maneuvers along the international border with India to keep exerting pressure to kowtow the latter to its demands?

The latest incident of alleged kidnapping of five Indian villagers from an unknown border point in Arunachal Pradesh by PLA could only smack of this.

More so, because more than 48 hours after their disappearance, the Indian Army, which rushed a hotline message to its PLA counterpart at the border point, has still been awaiting a response, official reports on September 7 said.

Coming as it does after a failed meeting between Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh and his Chinese counterpart  Wei Fenghe in Moscow last week to break the deadlock in Ladakh, the `abduction’ appears to be another long haul affair.

Fenghe sought a meeting with Singh at least three times in the last 80 days.

Engaged as porters and guides by the Army, the youths were reported missing by their relatives on the social media on Friday.

The Upper Subansiri district administration immediately dispatched a police team from Daporijo to Nacho after the post by one of the brothers of the missing, was shared on twitter both by Congress MLA NiningEring and BJP MP Tapir Gao.

Since the point from where the five were reported missing, is densely forested and extremely inaccessible, the cops’ team is required to trek it to and fro.

Two members of the villagers who managed to return, informed that the five had been whisked away by the Chinese troops from Sera-7, an Army patrol zone located about 12 km further north of Nacho.

Nacho is the last administrative circle along the McMahon line and is around 120 km from the district headquarters Daporijo.

Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said the Indian Army has been awaiting word from PLA on its ‘hotline ‘ regarding suspected abduction of the five Arunachalis belonging to the Tagin community.

“The Indian Army has already sent hotline message to the counterpart PLA establishment at the border point in Arunachal Pradesh. Response is awaited,” Rijiju tweeted.

Rijiju represents Arunachal East Parliamentary constituency

According to Tezpur-based Defence spokesman Lt Col Harshvarshan Pande, Army has been on alert and is in constant touch with the civil administration.

Upper Subansiri Superintendent of Police (SP) Taru Gussar said those allegedly kidnapped have been identified as Toch Singkam, Prasat Ringling, Dongtu Ebiya, Tanu Baker and Ngaru Diri.

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Terming the incident as unfortunate, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) called upon both the central and state governments to ensure early and safe release of the youths.

“The recent incident is not an isolated case as time and again the PLA has been repeatedly indulging in similar antics whereby innocent civilians living at the inhospitable border areas are taken captive at regular intervals,” the union said in a statement.

In March, a 21-year-old youth was abducted by the PLA from Asapila sector near the McMahon line. While his two friends managed to escape, Togley Sinkam was taken away at gunpoint, his family had said.

After 19 days in captivity, the youth was released by the Chinese Army.

China however shrugged off Indian allegation of abduction.

“We have never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh illegally established on the Chinese territory,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian said on Monday at the regular ministry briefing.

“Regarding the specifics, mentioned (by a questioner), I am not aware of it now,” Zhao said responding to a query about the missing Indians

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