The wreckage of the missing jet was spotted on Tuesday in the dense forests of a remote area in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh

New Delhi: An Indian Congress leader from the State of Gujarat became a target of netizens' lampooning after suggesting that now India should launch an air strike on China, accusing Beijing of being behind the crash of an An-32 plane, which had earlier gone missing for days near China's border. 

In a tweet which has since been deleted, Hardik Patel, the Gujarat Congress leader, wrote in Hindi: "Down with China! We should ask China to return our An-32 aircraft and our Air Force men in the jet. Mr. Modi, please do not worry, we all are with you. Our country should launch a surgical strike on China."

Indian Minister for youth affairs and sports Kiren Rijiju, a Member of Parliament representing the state of Arunachal Pradesh, also opted to chide the Gujarat leader in Hindi: "You are a prominent leader of the Congress party; do you even know in whose territory Arunachal Pradesh falls?"
While the tweet was deleted, it has immediately gone viral, with netizens mocking the claim.

Some netizens lashed out at the leader for his poor knowledge about his own country.

On 3 June, the An-32 aircraft which was headed for a remote base in the North Eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh after taking off from the Jorhat Air Base, Assam State, went off the radar at 12:25 pm local time.

The wreckage of aircraft, which had 13 people on-board, has been spotted in India's northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, which borders China. Rescue and search operations are on in the site's dense forests as a team of Indian Air Force's paratroopers were airdropped there on Wednesday.