China on Saturday morning returned five Indians missing from the border village of Arunachal Pradesh. According to sources in the Indian Army, the news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) confirmed the information.
On Friday, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted that at some point on Saturday, five villagers would be handed over to Indian soldiers. According to Indian military sources, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army on Saturday morning handed over five villagers to the Indian Army.
The extradition of five villagers from Arunachal Pradesh was completed within the border area of China. From there it took the Indian Army delegation and five villagers about an hour to cross the Kiwatu border outpost and enter Arunachal Pradesh.
It should be noted that no news of those five youths was available for some time. A total of eight youths from Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh were allegedly abducted by Chinese soldiers. Two of them somehow escaped. Finally, on 6 September, China admitted that they had five.
Beijing accepted this after Indian troops contacted Chinese troops at the hotline. It was then reported that the necessary documents for repatriation of the five were being prepared. The five were finally handed over to India on Saturday (12 September).
Source: India TV, News18