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People’s Liberation Army ‘abducts’ five Arunachal youths, probe on

The Arunachal Pradesh Police have launched a probe after it was alleged the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had abducted five youths from the state in Upper Subansiri district along the China border.

The youths, all residents of the district, had gone into a jungle, near Nacho, on Friday to carry loads for the Army as hired porters. After their job, they were out fishing when PLA soldiers reportedly picked them up.

Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande, a spokesperson for the Army’s Tezpur-headquartered 4 Corps, which oversees operations in Arunachal Pradesh, said they were ascertaining the “veracity of the incident”. The families have urged authorities to take steps to bring them back.