New Delhi | Jagran News desk: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said that China's People's Liberation Army has finally confirmed that the missing youths from Arunachal Pradesh on their side of the border.

Rijiju, who is the MP from the state's Arunachal West constituency, further added that the authorities are working out the modalities to handover the persons.

"China's PLA has responded to the hotline message sent by Indian Army. They have confirmed that the missing youths from Arunachal Pradesh have been found by their side. Further modalities to handover the persons to our authority is being worked out," the Union Minister said on Twitter.

Earlier, the Indian Army reached out to their counterparts in China over media reports that five men from Arunachal Pradesh have been abducted by Chinese forces, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said Sunday night.

Engaged as porters and guides by the Indian army, the five villagers from the Nacho area of Upper Subansiri district who were part of a 7-member group which went for hunting in a jungle were reported missing by their families through social media last Friday.

China, had earlier, brushed off concerns over the whereabouts of the five youths and needled India, saying it has never recognised the northeastern state which it claims is part of south Tibet.

The development came at a time when the Indian army has enhanced its deployment along the 3,400 km-long Line of Actual Control(LAC) in view of the tense border row between India and China in eastern Ladakh.

(with agency input)

Posted By: Rakesh Kumar Jha