Itanagar: China made a claim that Arunachal Pradesh is a part of South Tibet. The country further said that it does not recognize the State as Indian Territory, Hindustan Times reported.
This statement came on Monday amid the ongoing controversy over the missing of five Arunachal youth.
On Tuesday, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said that five persons from Arunachal Pradesh, who went missing on 2nd September, have been found in Chinese territory. Steps are being taken to ensure their early return, he added.
Rijiju, the Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister and an MP from Arunachal Pradesh, said in a tweet: “China’s PLA has responded to the hotline message sent by Indian Army. They have confirmed that the missing youths from Arunachal Pradesh have been found on their side. Further modalities to handover the persons to our authority are being worked out.”
Defence Spokesman Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande said that as a result of persistent efforts of Indian Army, the five missing hunters from Upper Subansiri district, who had inadvertently crossed over the Line of Actual Contril (LAC) on September 2, were traced.
“Chinese Army on Tuesday responded on the hotline and confirmed that the missing Indians have been found on their side. Formalities for their early transfer is being coordinated with the Chinese Army,” he said in a brief statement.
These persons are identified as Toch Singkam, Prasat Ringling, Dongtu Ebiya, Tanu Baker and Ngaru Diri.