New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: China on Saturday handed over five Indian nationals, who were allegedly abducted by the country's Army from Arunachal Pradesh, according to a report. The hand over took place around 9:30 am at Damai, South Eastern province, China near Arunachal Pradesh border.

The five Indian youths, who reportedly worked as porters for the Indian Army, had gone missing from "Sera 7" area along the McMahon Line under Nacho Administration in Upper Subansiri in Arunachal Pradesh. Their family members had claimed that they were abducted by the Chinese PLA troops.

Earlier this week, the Indian Army had reached out to the Chinese and sent them a hotline message. In response, the Chinese acknowledged their presence on their side and agreed to hand them over to India. On Friday, Union Minister Kiren Rijuju confirmed the development and said that the Chinese nationals will be handed over today.

"The Chinese PLA has confirmed to the 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," Rijiju had twitted.

The alleged abduction of Indians from Arunachal Pradesh came at a time when the armies of the two Asian superpowers are engaged in a bitter face-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. Top ministers of India and China have met twice in the last 10 days to defuse the tensions and resolve the Ladakh standoff, which has already taken a deadly turn in June as several Indian and Chinese soldiers lost their lives in clashes.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma