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New Delhi:

The Indian Army, on January 20, has sought the assistance of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to locate 17-year-old Miram Taron, who was abducted from inside the Indian territory in the state’s Upper Siang district on January 18, on their side and return him as per established protocol.

Upon receiving information about the missing teenager, the Indian Army immediately contacted the PLA through the established mechanism of hotline informing about Taron, who went missing after losing his way, while collecting herbs and hunting.

Tapir Gao, member of Parliament (MP) of Arunachal Pradesh, on January 19, said that the boy went missing near Tsangpo river in the state, adding that the Union Minister of State for Home, Nisith Pramanik, has been informed about the incident, requesting him to take necessary action.

Earlier, the PLA had abducted five youths from the state’s Upper Subansiri district in September 2020, releasing them after a week.

This incident comes at a time when the Indian Army is engaged in a stand-off with the PLA in eastern Ladakh, since April 2020, amid 14 rounds of military-level talks between both countries to find a resolution.

Post talks, the disengagement process is yet to be undertaken in areas of Hot Springs, Depsang bulge and Demchok in eastern Ladakh, with each side currently comprising 50,000 to 60,000 troops, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

Notably, India shares a 3,400 km-long LAC with China from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh. (PTI)