NAHARLAGUN, Feb 02: Sensation prevails in the State after the family of Tapor Pullom, a resident of Moniang village in Shi-Yomi district, claimed that Pullom was abducted by the PLA of China in 2015 and he is yet to return home.
The claim has been made by Tapor Pullom’s family after the PLA returned Miram Taron, a resident of Arunachal Pradesh’s Upper Siang district following his detention.
Now, former Union Minister and Pasighat MLA Ninong Ering has sought support from the Centre and State government regarding the issue.
Miram Taron reached home on Monday. At a time when his homecoming was celebrated, the claim by Tapor Pullom family has raised eyebrows of all.
A lady from Moniang village of Shi-Yomi district has claimed that the Chinese army abducted her father-in-law from Moniang village in 2015.
Amoni Diru Pullom, daughter-in-law of Tapor Pullom, who is pursuing law, in an exclusive interview with Arunachal News Live on Wednesday, said, “In the third week of August 2015, Pullom along with his friend Taka Yorchi, went on a hunting expedition near the LAC in Monigong area of Shi-Yomi district. People of the area usually go for hunting and stay in the jungle for many days, sometimes up to a month.”
“Pullom was supposed to return by August 21. Yorchi returned on September 15 as he had fallen sick and my father-in-law went ahead alone. When Pullom did not return for a couple of days, Yorchi revealed that the Chinese army picked up Pullom when he moved further but he managed to flee. He told that the abductors were in Chinese fatigues. Taka also said Tapor was not given a chance to speak and they covered him with a mask and whisked him away,” Amoni claimed.
According to Amoni, the incident took place in the Indian territory near the Tagi Bogo pass on the other side of China.
She said the family members approached the district administration, Indian Army and Union Minister Kiren Rijiju regarding Pullom’s alleged abduction.
“We found the utensils he used to cook food, two spoons, jacket and some dry meat. We got his belongings, including his gun. Neither the government nor the police helped us,” she said.
When contacted for his comment on the matter, Pasighat MLA Ninong Ering told Arunachal News Live, “Being an MLA from Arunachal Pradesh, it’s my responsibility to raise the issue of Tapor Pullom. I will write to the Centre and the state government.”
“I have spoken to the daughter-in-law of Tapor Pullom and assured her of raising the issue in my level,” he said.
Commenting on the delay in her reaction, Diru said, “You might ask me why I am raising this issue after seven years. I see that in most of such cases, people are being freed. When I see Miram Taron was united with his family, I am hopeful that my father-in-law, too, could return. His two sons and three daughters are waiting for him.”