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Safe homecoming of ‘missing’ Arunachal youth to India: Defence Ministry

“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,” Lt Col Pande said.

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Itanagar: 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 (Jan 27) 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 18 Jan 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. On 26 Jan, PLA confirmed that Miram would be handed back to Indian Army at Damai BPM Point on 27 Jan 2022. Subsequently today Indian Army took over Miram Taron at Border Personnel Meeting point at Damai across Kibithu Sector, Anjaw Distt, Arunachal Pradesh after completing all the formalities,” Tezpur-based Defence Ministry PRO, Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande said this evening, while adding that he is being handed over to his parents “at the earliest”.

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“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,” Lt Col Pande said.

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 that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has handed over the young Arunachalee boy, Miram Taron, to the Indian Army at Wacha-Damai interaction point in Arunachal Pradesh.

He also expressed his thankfulness to the Indian Army for pursuing the case meticulously with the PLA and “safely securing our young boy back home”.

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