Indian army asks China’s PLA if missing civilians in their custody
GUWAHATI, India: The Indian Army said on Monday (Sep 7) it has asked its Chinese counterpart if five..
GUWAHATI, India: The Indian Army said on Monday (Sep 7) it has asked its Chinese counterpart if five Indian civilians who went missing from an eastern border state days ago were in their custody, while tension remains high on the western frontier between the rivals.
Relations between the nuclear-armed Asian giants have hit a multi-decade low since clashes at their western Himalayan border in June that killed 20 Indian soldiers.
Both sides have since stepped up monitoring of their largely unsettled 3,488km border.
The five missing men are from the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh – also claimed by China, which calls it South Tibet – and the Indian Army said it told China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) about them on Saturday.
"We spoke with them on the hotline and told them that it's suspected that some people have crossed across to your side and we will be grateful if you could hand them over back, as per what we do normally," Lieutenant Colonel Harsh Wardhan Pande, and Indian defence ministry spokesman, told Reuters.
"There is no earmarked line going through the forest or the mountains, so they keep moving here and there. So they might have gone there, it's a very normal thing."
He said they had yet to hear back from the Chinese. The PLA could not immediately be contacted for comment.
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