Taksang village, situated almost 30-km away from Zemithang circle in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh
Taksang village, situated almost 30-km away from Zemithang circle in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh|File Image
ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Border tension escalates? Arunachal villagers near McMahon Line vacate village: Reports

Villagers of Taksang village at Zemithang circle in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh vacated the village recently

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Itanagar: Amidst high tension at the Indo-Sino border in Ladakh, sources have revealed to EastMojo that villagers near the McMahon Line in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh have vacated their village.

Taksang village, situated almost 30-km away from Zemithang circle in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, was vacated by the villagers recently.

In 1986, India lost the Sumdorong Chu Valley in Zemithang, Tawang district to the Chinese PLA, when Krishnaswamy Sundarji was the chief of Indian Army.

On June 26, 1986, the Government of India lodged a formal protest with Beijing against intrusions in this region by Chinese troops, that had occurred on June 16.

Beijing denied any such intrusions and maintained that its’ troops were in a location north of the McMahon Line.

Sumdorong Chu Valley ( previously in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh) is bounded by Bhutan in the west and the Thag La ridge to the north.

Meanwhile, a day after the publication of the report, the deputy commissioner, Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh has termed it as “not correct” and issued a clarification.

In a letter to the secretary (IPR), Government of Arunachal Pradesh (bearing no TPA-23/2020/; dated: September 10, 2020), Sang Phuntsok, DC, Tawang district, Zhitro Tse, Tawang said, “There is no such report of vacating the village, therefore, it is not correct. Further, it is to inform that, Taksang village is not a permanent village and it is only a camp where the people from the villagers of Zemithang circle who are working in BRO are camping.”

The Indian Army, also Tweeted through the PRO Defence Tezpur in response to the story.

PRO Defence Tezpur in its tweet said, “The news of vacation of villages near LAC are fake & malicious. The public of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam are advised not to pay heed to such rumours and get all news confirmed by the authorities before retweeting it.”

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