Transgression, Not Infiltration: Parrikar on Chinese Troops at LAC
Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat earlier confirmed the incursion, but later said it was not a cause for alarm.
The incident regarding Chinese troops entering the border district of Chamoli in Uttarakhand is that of “transgression” and not “incursion”, the government said on Thursday.
In response to queries from the Opposition in the Lower House, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the border has not been demarcated and the two sides have a “different perception” about it.
He said on 22 July, two People’s Liberation Army soldiers entered 200 metres within the Barholi area of Uttarakhand inside the Indian territory and the villagers warned them.
The Line of Actual Control (LAC) has not been formally demarcated. So there is different perception about this of both the sides.Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister
Parrikar added that there are mechanisms like flag meetings by both the sides to resolve such issues.
During such meetings, we have made our protests to the Chinese side. There was no incursion, only transgression.
The Minister said every year, there are about 400-500 incidents of transgression, but this year it has come down. Parrikar also noted that it is the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) under the Ministry of Home Affairs that takes care of the LAC and not the Defence Ministry.
The debate also saw the Congress and the Biju Janata Dal coming together. The Congress members were aggressive over the issue and demanded Parrikar to respond. When the Minister said the boundary has not been demarcated, Biju Janata Dal’s Bhartruhari Mahtab strongly objected to it.
At this point, Congress President Sonia Gandhi intervened and lauded Mahtab for raising the point.
(With inputs from PTI)
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