Indian Air Force to launch search for 19 Assam workers missing from China border in Arunachal

Indian Air Force will launch a search to find 19 Assam workers who are missing at the China border in Arunachal

Guwahati: A pair of Indian Air Force IIAF helicopters will be brought into service Saturday by the Indian Air Force to assist in searching for 19 Assam contractors who were missing near Arunachal Pradesh’s Indo-China border.

The workers from lower Assam districts, who were engaged by Border Road Organisation (BRO) for the construction of roads, went missing last week near the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh’s Kurung Kumey district.

State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), continued to search for the workers, but was unsuccessful.

Congress’ Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Gaurav Gogoi, urged Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to deploy the Army to locate the missing workers.

Kurung Kumey deputy commissioner Bengia Nighee explained that the IAF chopper will launch the search operations around Kumey rivers at Damin.

“The SDRF personnel are continuing their search operation while the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) would soon join the search operation to locate the missing workers,” the DC said.

“An official team, composed of police and civil officials, went to the area two days ago. The area is an extremely remote and dense forest,” Nighee said.

According to him, the official team has not yet confirmed reports about the death of a worker.

According to local officials who quoted villagers earlier, one of 19 workers went missing and the body was discovered by the Kumey river.

Although the incident occurred last week, it was only discovered Tuesday.

Police and local villagers feared the worst.

Reports say that villagers informed police about the incident. They said that workers had fled the site because the contractor wouldn’t grant them leave.

To return home to Bongaigaon and Kokrajhar, the workers took a jungle shortcut route.

Gogoi, in a letter on Friday to Rajnath Singh, said, “There is no clarity on when; why and how they went missing. As per the Kurung Kumey district administration, it heard about their plight on July 13.”

“The district administration had conducted search operation but the team couldn’t find them since the area is inhospitable, full of deep gorges, steep hills and a river. Now, the families of those missing labourers are waiting for their safe returns to their homes,” he mentioned.