As many as 19 labourers from Assam, engaged in construction works in Arunachal Pradesh, had been missing for over two weeks.
While the whereabouts of four of them have been confirmed, 15 others still remain missing.
It may be noted that security forces including the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) are engaged in rescue operations.
The workers from Assam went missing near the India-China border in the Kurung Kumey district of Arunachal Pradesh, and despite search and rescue operations being launched last week, only four of them have been located.
According to a missing report dated July 13 filed by the contractor who had brought them to the state for work, the labourers had allegedly fled the labour camps at the road construction site of BRO in Damin circle on July 5 after being denied leave to return home on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.
Meanwhile, police have registered a case against the contractor who hails from Assam’s Lakhimpur.
Moreover, the labourers reportedly were from the Kokrajhar and Dhubri districts of the state.