Missing Arunachal youth: China confirms it has found a boy

Miram Taron, 17. (Twitter/@TapirGao)

China’s People’s Liberation Army has confirmed that they have found a missing person, even as authorities are trying to confirm whether he is the same youth who went missing from Arunachal Pradesh. 

Tapir Gao, BJP MP from the state, had recently alleged that PLA troops had abducted a 17-year-old from Indian territory on 18 January.

According to Indian Express, PLA will confirm the youth’s identity using photos and then start the process of sending him back, which could take about a week.

Defence sources had said that the Army was in touch with the PLA regarding the disappearance of Miram Taron.

The Army sought assistance from the PLA to locate Taron on their side and return him as per protocol. The PLA responded on January 21 saying that they had found a boy.

Gao, who is the MP from Arunachal East, had termed it an instance of abduction from Indian territory. He said two people had been abducted, but one of them managed to escape and report it to the authorities.