19 Jul 2022

19 laborers missing near India-China border in Arunachal

A search operation has been launched in Arunachal Pradesh's remote Kurung Kumey district, not far from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, to locate a group of 19 road construction workers who went missing two weeks before a border road construction site. in Damino's circle. The place is about 300 km from the state capital Itanagar.
There are unconfirmed reports of one worker's dead body being found in the Kumey River. Teams have been sent to verify the veracity of the information, officials said.

According to the missing complaint filed by the contractor under whom these 19 migrant laborers, who came from Assam, were working, the laborers allegedly fled from the labor camps at the Border Roads Organization (BRO) road construction site in Damin circle on July 5. after the contractor allegedly denied them leave to their homes in Assam to celebrate Eid al-Adha last week.

A missing report was filed at the local police station on July 13, police sources said.

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"We can confirm that the 19 construction workers who fled the construction site as per the missing report filed last week are still unaccounted for. There is a post on social media doing the rounds of a dead body seen in the river area and we have dispatched senior officials and a police team , to verify this information. The area is extremely remote with hilly terrains and thick jungles, our search operations are on. The road under construction is a border road that would lead to remote border villages from Damin HQ circle and is a very crucial strategic road," said the Deputy Commissioner of Kurung Kumey Nighee Bengia district to the news channel by phone from the Koloriang district headquarters.

Damin is about 130 km from Koloriang and the construction site is another 15 km from Damin, the deputy commissioner added.

The LAC with China is about 80 km from Damin, the last administrative circle in the area, officials said.

Police said they have registered another case against a sub-contractor from Assam's Lakhimpur who allegedly brought these migrant workers from Assam.

Meanwhile, district police sources added that seven people had been filed a missing case by their families in Assam's Bilasipara in June. It is said that the seven laborers were taken by one Rejaul Karim with the idea that they would get jobs in Itanagar. They have not been in contact with their families since they were taken from Kokrajhar on 30 May 2022.

The 19 laborers are believed to be from the border area of ​​Kokrajhar and Dhubri of Assam, the sources added.

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