Odishatv Bureau

Itanagar: Amid the escalating tension between and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Congress MLA Ninong Ering from Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday claimed that People's Liberation Army (PLA) has abducted five persons from Upper Subansiri district of the State.

"SHOCKING NEWS: Five people from Upper Subansiri district of our state Arunachal Pradesh have reportedly been ‘abducted’ by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA)," Ering tweeted.

Ering's also tweeted a screenshot of a Facebook post that mentioned the name of the people allegedly abducted by the Chinese troops. However, he did not motioned the exact date on which the five persons were abducted.

The officials concerned in the district said that no formal complaint has so far been lodged with the police or the armed forces that guard strategic areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China.

The Congress MLA also said that a similar incident had taken place in the state few months ago and demanded a 'befitting reply' to PLA and China.

On the other hand, Indian Defence Minister Rajanth Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe met in the Russian capital on Friday to discuss their border dispute and agreed to de-escalate the situation through talks.

The two-hour meeting between the Indian and Chinese delegations, which started at 9.30 p.m. Indian Standard Time,saw the border disputes discussed at length.

This is the first political dialogue after the tension on the borders started.

Both the ministers are in Moscow to participate in a joint meeting of Defence Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries.

India and China are engaged in four-month-long standoff at the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. Despite several levels of dialogue, there has not been any breakthrough to the resolve the deadlock, while Chinese’s People Liberation Army (PLA) troops had made fresh attempts at incursion attempts into Indian territory late last month.

(With agency inputs)

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