Itanagar: Chinese troops reportedly entered 12 km inside Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh sometime in July-August this year. This startling revelation was made by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Tapir Gao on Tuesday.
According to Gao, soldiers from the neighbouring country walked at least 12 km on the Indian side in Anrella Valley of the state’s Dibang Valley district.
Pictures and videos from the area have now emerged which seem to point towards the alleged transgression. The incident is believed to have happened sometime during the months of July-August.
Andrella Valley falls on the northeastern side of Mipi, which is the last administrative circle of the district.
When contacted, Gao said: “It’s very insulting and sad that the Indian Army had to dismantle their summer camp which was built during a routine patrol and had to return to their base camp.”
“Until unless there is a proper border demarcation, we will face this frequently,” he said.
In a video that has now surfaced, Chinese Army men are seen speaking with the Indian soldiers and asking them to leave the place. The Chinese soldiers are also seen holding their national flag.
According to Gao, the Chinese soldiers made the Indian Army men to dismantle their own summer camp which was built for a routine patrol.
The Indian Army had to dismantle the camp and return the same day, according to Gao.
In September, Gao made headlines for a similar claim that the Chinese Army had built a wooden bridge over Diumro Nalah in Chaglagam circle of Anjaw district in Arunachal.
The Chinese Army transgressed into Indian territory 1,025 times between 2016 and 2018, according to government data.
The number of transgressions by Chinese Army in 2016 was 273, which rose to 426 in 2017. The number of such cases reported in 2018 was 326, as per details provided by the Union minister of state for defence Shripad Naik to Lok Sabha on Nov 27.
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