India Alerts China After Allegations of Hijacking of Civilians on Himalayan Border


India’s Minister of State for Minority Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who is also a Member of Parliament of the north eastern border state of Arunachal Pradesh Said on twitter A “hotline message” was sent from the Indian Army to its Chinese counterparts on reports in Indian media that five people who had been hunting near the border were allegedly detained by Chinese soldiers.

Superintendent of Police of Upper Subansiri district in Arunachal Pradesh, Kenny Bagra, told CNN that five people had allegedly gone missing, amidst the local community over whether the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China “abducted or abducted them” It is possible.”

However, Bagra said relatives of the missing persons had not filed a formal complaint or report, and very few “concrete details” were available.

He said that since the incident took place near LAC, it was out of reach of the district administration or police. “Local sources (family and friends) have alleged this – relatives said that most of the PLA army has probably taken them. I have sent the officer-in-charge to interact with relatives. They are talking about this. Reluctant to.. “

He said that it is possible that the person had strayed across the border by accident. Arunachal Pradesh, with a population of about 1.4 million, is home to several minority groups, many of whom live close to the disputed border in the foothills of the Himalayas.

The Indian Army did not respond to a request for comment. Speaking at a regular press conference on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said he was “not aware” of any detention at the border.

“China’s position on the eastern side of the Sino-India border is … consistent and clear,” he said. “We have never recognized the so-called Arunachal Pradesh, illegally founded on Chinese territory.”

The alleged detention of Indian citizens as the country’s defense minister, Rajnath Singh, met his Chinese counterpart General Wei Feng, In moscow On the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting in the Russian capital on Saturday.
Tensions have been rising again in the Himalayas due to the bloody clash between Indian and Chinese troops in June.
At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in that incident, the oldest border conflict with China in more than 40 years. Meetings between top Chinese and Indian military officials were held immediately and both sides called for calm, but last week, both India and China accused each other of illegally crossing into their territories, causing both sides There was a new combat of saber-rallying. .
India and China share a 2,100-mile-long (3,379 km) border in the Himalayas, but the two sides claim territory on either side of it, and do not even agree on the actual location of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the border that dated to 1962. Exited the Sino-Indian War.

The most recent controversy was around Pangong Tso, a strategically located lake, an area stretching from the Indian territory of Ladakh to Chinese-controlled Tibet, in the greater Kashmir region, where India, China and Pakistan All claims are territories.

Arunachal Pradesh is at the other end of the Sino-Indian border to the east of Bhutan’s independent state.

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