In March, Arunachal pradesh resident was abducted by PLA. Chinese troops took him captive and tortured him to accept that he is an Indian Spy. He was released in April.
This Arunachal pradesh resident is Togley Singkam.He is 21 years old. He lives in Taksing area that lies along the India-China border. To earn his livelihood he works in the Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh as a porter.
He also assists the government and military authorities in ferrying essentials in this remote area which earns him some additional money sometimes.
He was taken captive by Chinese troops even before the India-China standoff in March and later released in April. in a report by India Today, he shared his horrible experience and how he was treated
According to him, He was in the same area where he used to come so often as this is how he earned his livelihood and suddenly chinese troops, who have crossed the LAC came to him and forced him to bend on knees.
“I was in Indian territory on 19th March. I go in that area regularly for hunting to get food and we eat that. That was when the PLA officials came and whisked me away. I could not run away because they were in huge numbers.”
“They made me sit on the floor, tied my hands at the back with the neck, wrapped my face and took me away. When my eyes opened then I was in a Chinese camp. I was then tied to a bed and beaten up. I was taken in another vehicle to some other place. My face was covered and I was beaten up again,” Togley Singkam told India Today TV.
He further said that he was blind folded the whole time when he was in a vehicle that took him to the Chinese territory. When he opened his eyes, he was sitting on a wooden chair.
“I was kept in a dark room for entire 15 days. I was not allowed to close my eyes. Slapping, beating, shocks…everything was there,” he recounted.
“For 15 days, I was made to sit in a chair and not allowed to close my eyes for even fraction of a second. My condition was so bad that I could not tell daytime from night. I was given electric shocks and forced to confess that I am a spy of the Indian Army. They used to beat me randomly,” he said.
“I was given packaged food and only allowed to get up for using toilet. My hands were clipped to the chair all the time. No one can sit without closing eyes for such long time. But they gave me electric shocks if I did. But, I did not give up even after that,” he said.
Moreover, PLA tried to match his handwriting with the pictures of the boards which are put up at certain strategic locations to identify the Indian territory to keep locals safe and secure in the boundary.
“They did my handwriting test also. I was given sheets to write because they wanted to ensure if I was the one writing along the border and putting up boards at some places. This was to check during patrolling if I was the one who had written India in the newly put up boards. This was a handwriting test and they made me write India on sheets of paper…but my hand writings did not match with any of the boards they compared,” Togley Singkam said.
However, It is difficult to communicate with an Indian who doesn’t know Mandarin. For that the chinese troops used translators in Mobile phone.
“The Chinese Army used mobile phones to record what I said and then to translate the same into their own language, and vice versa. Their language was translated into Hindi for me and played on the phone,” he said.
“They asked me to use mobile phones. But I knew it was trap, so I tried to stay away from using them,” he said.
“They only wanted to me to accept that I was working for the Indian Army, clicking photo of the area and revealing secret locations. I told them that I had come to the forest for hunting and I was caught unaware by the Army,” Togley Singkam further told.
Fortunately, He got released in April and came back to his nation. He expressed his vote of thanks and immense gratitude toward Indian Army and government.
“They released me because of the intervention by the Indian Army. They played a crucial role in this.”
“The central government took up my case and sent my Aadhaar card details to them. That is when I realised that I would continue to stay alive. I had given up by this time. The Chinese officials repeatedly told me that I would be punished in their country by their government. I am thankful that I have been saved and am back alive home,” he said.
He also expressed his trust on Indian Army and told how the life is actually at the border area, “The Chinese Army usually harasses people in the border areas. They take people into custody on false allegations. They enter into our territory but are given a befitting reply by the India Army.”