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Bad weather delayed Arunachal youth’s return from China, says Rijiju

Rijiju tweeted on Wednesday, “Hotline exchanged on Republic Day by Indian Army with Chinese PLA. PLA responded positively indicating handing over of our national and suggested a place of release."

Written by Krishn Kaushik | New Delhi |
Updated: January 26, 2022 7:00:28 pm
Rijiju’s party colleague Tapir Gao, MP from the state, had last week alleged that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had abducted Taron from the Indian side of the border. (File)

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday said China’s People’s Liberation Army has responded positively to handling over Miram Taron, the Arunchal Pradesh teenager who went missing from his village on January 18, and that his return was delayed due to bad weather conditions.

“Hotline exchanged on Republic Day by Indian Army with Chinese PLA. PLA responded positively indicating handing over of our national and suggested a place of release. They are likely to intimate date and time soon. Delay attributed to bad weather conditions on their side,” tweeted Rijiju, an MP from Arunachal Pradesh.

On Tuesday, the minister had tweeted that Taron, “aged 19 years”, from Jido village in Upper Siang district, had gone missing on January 18 at Shiyung La in Bishing area.

“Some people reported that Chinese PLA had taken him into their custody. Since the individual was missing from an area close to LAC (Line of Actual Control), Indian Army immediately approached Chinese side on January 19 asking for assistance in tracing and return of the individual, in case he had strayed into the Chinese territory or PLA has taken him in their custody,” Rijiju tweeted.

He said the “Chinese side had assured that they would search for the individual and return him as per established protocol”.

On January 20, the minister said, China intimated “that they had found a boy on their side and requested for further details to establish the identity”, after which his personal details and identity were shared.

“I appeal everyone to be cautious in making statements which are not based on facts because the safety and safe return of our young Arunachal Pradesh youth is the priority,” Rijiju had tweeted.

Last week, Rijiju’s party colleague Tapir Gao, the MP from Arunachal East, had accused the PLA of abducting Taron from the Indian side of the border.

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