New Delhi: China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has kidnapped a 17-year-old boy from Arunachal Pradesh’s Upper Siang district, state MP Tapir Gao said via his Twitter handle.
The teenager, identified as Miram Taron, was kidnapped by the PLA from the Lungta Jor area on January 18, Gao said. Taron’s friend Johny Yaiying, who managed to escape, informed the authorities about the kidnapping by the PLA, Gao said.
Both are local hunters from the Zido village. The incident took place near where the Tsangpo River enters India in Arunachal Pradesh, the MP said. The Tsangpo River is known as Siang in Arunachal Pradesh and the Brahmaputra in Assam.
“All the agencies of Govt of India are requested to step up for his early release,” he said in another tweet and posted pictures of the kidnapped boy.
He also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and the Indian Army in his tweets.
In September 2020, the PLA had kidnapped five boys from Arunachal Pradesh’s Upper Subansiri district and released them after about a week. The latest incident comes at a time when the Indian Army continues to be engaged in a stand-off with the PLA in eastern Ladakh since April 2020.