Indian Army denies Chinese incursion in Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar, Sep 4: Indian Army on Wednesday denied any “incursion” by the Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh’s Anjaw district.

Arunachal Pradesh BJP MP Tapir Gao had claimed Chinese troops made an incursion into the Indian territory last month and built a bridge over Kiomru Nullah in Chaglagam circle.

He said some local youths had noticed the bridge on Tuesday.

“There has been no such incursion. The area being referred to in the media report on ‘some electronic channels’, is the area of Fish Tail,” the Indian Army said.

In a statement issued here, the Army said, “There is differing perception of the alignment of the Line of Actual Control, as in many other areas. The terrain is thickly vegetated and all movements are undertaken on foot along Nalas and streams. During monsoons whenever the Nalas are in spates, temporary bridges are constructed by the patrols for their movement.”

“Being an area of differing claims, troops routinely from either side patrol the area. In addition, civilian hunters and herb collectors also frequent here during summer months,” it said.

Moreover, the Indian Army reiterated that there is no permanent presence of either Chinese soldiers or civilians in the area and surveillance is maintained by Indian troops.

Noting that India and China have well established diplomatic and military mechanisms to address all issues in our border areas, the Indian Army said, “The two sides agree that maintenance of peace and tranquility in all areas of India-China border areas as a prerequisite to smooth development of overall bilateral relations.”

“Both countries have also agreed to work towards a fair reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement of the boundary question on the basis of 2005 Agreement on Political Parameters and Guiding Principles,” it added.