China refutes 'incursion' in India's Arunachal Pradesh?
More than 40 troops built temporary shelters at 'Plum post', reports said. In photo: Indian army soldiers travel inside an armoured vehicle after an encounter with suspected militants at Aragam village of Bandipora district in Kashmir on Sep 22. Photograph: (AFP)
China on Monday refuted media reports claiming incursion by its troops in northeastern Arunachal Pradesh earlier this month, Indian news agency PTI reported.
"There are mutually identified disputed areas on the LAC. Fish tail was one such area where the incident occurred. Both the armies were conducting routine patrols when it happened," a senior Chinese Army officer was quoted as saying by the news agency referring to reports of Chinese troops crossing the Line of Actual Control (LAC) along the border region. However, he hinted that there was a face-off with the Chinese Army, which has been "resolved".
According to initial reports from Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh, more than 40 troops built temporary shelters at 'Plum post', an area 45 km inside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) , to claim that the territory belonged to them, PTI had reported.
However, according to the Indian news agency, the incursion was detected by a joint patrol of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), which is one of the five Central Armed Police Forces of India, and Indian Army on September 9. This was followed by a joint barrel drill, said sources.
While some of the troops left on September 13, others left after India and China held a Flag meeting on September 14 on the Chinese side, PTI said quoting sources.
Earlier this year in March, Chinese incursion was also reported in the northern Ladakh sector.
(WION with inputs from PTI)