“PLA responded positively indicating handing over of our national and suggested a place of release. They are likely to intimate date and time soon. Delay attributed to bad weather conditions on their side,” he said in a tweet.
Hotline exchanged on Republic Day by Indian Army with Chinese PLA. PLA responded positively indicating handing over… https://t.co/RqjDRw95gv
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) 1643182747000
Earlier this week, Rijiju said the Chinese side had conveyed to the Indian Army on January 20 that they had found a boy on their side and requested for further details to establish the identity.
“To assist Chinese side in corroborating the identity, personal details and photo of the individual has been shared with the Chinese side by the Indian Army. Response from the Chinese side is awaited,” Rijiju said in a the statement put out on Koo app.
According to the statement, 19-year-old Miram Taron of Jido Village in Upper Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh was found missing on January 18.
“Some people reported that Chinese PLA had taken him into their custody,” it said.
Rijiju said that since the individual was missing from an area close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian Army immediately approached the Chinese side on January 19, asking for assistance in tracing and return of the individual, in case he had strayed into the Chinese territory or PLA has taken him in their custody.
The Chinese side had assured that they would search for the individual and return him as per established protocol, the minister said.
(With inputs from agencies)