Arunachal Pradesh Police has launched a probe after reports said that five people were allegedly kidnapped by the Chinese military on Friday, a senior official said on Saturday, reported PTI.

The incident took place in the Nacho area in a forest in Upper Subansiri district along the border of India-China where the five persons had gone for hunting, said their families. Two others, who were in the group, managed to escape and informed the police.

“I have sent the officer-in-charge of the Nacho police station to the area to verify the facts and directed him to report immediately. However, the report will be available only by Sunday morning,” Superintendent of Police Taru Gussar said.

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Some relatives, living at district headquarters Daporijo, left for Nacho on Saturday morning to discuss the matter with the Indian Army, said their families. Nacho is around 120 kilometres from the district headquarters.

Pasighat West MLA Ninong Ering said that a fitting reply should be given to China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) for the incident, urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look into the matter.

In March, a 21-year-old man was abducted and held captive by the PLA from the Asapila sector near the McMahon Line. He was released after 19 days by the Chinese Army.