North East

Safe homecoming of ‘missing’ Arunachal youth

Itanagar, Jan 27 (UNI): In a positive manifestation of efforts of Indian Army along with all government agencies, the Chinese PLA handed over Miram Taron, the ‘missing’ Indian teenager from Arunachal Pradesh, on Thursday at Damai, the Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) Point across Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh, defence sources said.

“The 17-year-old Miram Taron from Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh had inadvertently strayed and went missing recently while hunting on January 18, 2022. The Indian Army immediately approached PLA on hotline to trace and secure safe return of the boy and shared identity details of Miram with PLA,” Tezpur-based Defence Ministry PRO, Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande said.

On January 26, PLA confirmed that Miram would be handed back to the Indian Army at Damai BPM Point the day after. The Indian Army took over Miram at Border Personnel Meeting point at Damai across Kibithu Sector after completing all the formalities, informed Pande.

“Miram Taron is in high spirits and is elated to be back to his country. He and his family expressed gratitude for the sincere efforts by Indian Army and the government to ensure his safe return,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army thanked China’s PLA for upholding the Border Defence Cooperation Agreements between the two countries, leading to return of the Indian teenager, furthering maintenance of peace and tranquility.

“Indian Army, true to its ethos, remains committed to work tirelessly for the well-being of the people of North East and the entire nation,” the Defence PRO said.

Earlier in the day, Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju, also MP from Arunachal Pradesh, said PLA had handed over the boy to its Indian counterpart. He also thanked the Indian Army for pursuing the case meticulously with the PLA and “safely securing our young boy back home”.

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