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China to hand over five Arunachal youths on Saturday, says Rijiju

China will hand over the youngsters who went missing from Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said in a tweet.

Rijiju said in his latest update: “The Chinese PLA has confirmed to Indian Army to hand over the youths from Arunachal Pradesh to our side. The handing over is likely to take place anytime tomorrow i.e. 12th September 2020 at a designated location”.

The five missing boys had gone to the Indo-China border at Lacho area in Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh accompanying Army personnel as hired porters. The boys, said to be teenagers, were picked up by the PLA when they were returning to their village.

After its initial silence, China’s PLA finally admitted on September 8 that the youngsters were indeed with them, opening doors for negotiation to bring them back.