New Delhi: Arunachal MP Tapir Gao on Wednesday said a boy has been kidnapped by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). 17-year-old Miram Taron was kidnapped from Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh’s Upper Siang district, Gao said. Taron’s friend Johny Yaiying, who managed to escape, informed the authorities about the kidnapping by the PLA, he said. Both are local hunters and belong to Zido village.
Gao said he has informed Minister of State of Home Affairs N Pramanik about the abduction of the boy and has urged government agencies to ensure his early release.
Sharing images of the boy on Twitter, Gao said, “Chinese #PLA has abducted Sh Miram Taron, 17 years of Zido vill. yesterday 18th Jan 2022 from inside Indian territory, Lungta Jor area (China built 3-4 kms road inside India in 2018) under Siyungla area (Bishing village) of Upper Siang dist, Arunachal Pradesh.”
“His friend escaped from PLA and reported to the authorities. All the agencies of Govt of India is requested to step up for his early release,” Gao added.
The MP said the incident took place near the place where Tsangpo river enters India in Arunachal Pradesh. Tsangpo is called as Siang in Arunachal Pradesh and Brahmaputra in Assam.
He 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 abducted five youths from Arunachal Pradesh’s Upper Subansiri district and released them after about a week. The latest incident came at a time when the Indian army continues to be engaged in a stand-off with the PLA in eastern Ladakh since April 2020.
India shares a 3,400 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh.
(With PTI inputs)