The wooden bridge built on Diomru Nalah in Chaglagam area along Indo-China border Credit: EastMojo image

Itanagar: A case of ‘Chinese intrusion’ in Arunachal Pradesh’s Anjaw district was reported on Tuesday by Arunachal Pradesh East MP Tapir Gao in a social media post.

In the post, Gao had mentioned about a wooden bridge being built on Diomru Nalah in Chaglagam area near the India-China border in the frontier state. When EastMojo tried to collect more information on the same, the story turned out to be completely different.

The bridge was built on Diomru Nalah in Amaku area, ahead of Chaglagam circle, and is located on no man’s land, said former anchal Gogrem Hagadre. He also said that though it is no man’s land, India claims it.

“Indian and Chinese troops move freely in this area and we have been seeing this since childhood,” he added.

“Nowadays, Chinese troops are dominantly moving towards Indian territory because they have good connectivity till the border but India is lacking behind with connectivity. We literally have to walk for three to four days to reach our border,” said Gogrem.

The Indian government should focus on developing the border area, especially roads, so that our jawans (soldiers) as well as the locals can move freely in their land which will stop any Chinese intrusion, he added.

Last year, in an interview with a news channel, Kiren Rijiju, the then Union minister of state for home had said that Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has check post in the last border area of Plom Plom, which is completely false. The last ITBP check post is at Kapapu area and it is quite far from the border, said Gogrem.

Disheartened, he remarked that the top paramilitary force as well as the ministry is unaware of check posts and border area related information.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army has clarified that there has been no such incursion. In a statement released on Wednesday, an Army spokesperson said that the area being referred to in the media report on ‘some electronic channels’, is the area of Fish Tail. “There is differing perception of the alignment of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), 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,” the spokesperson said.

It also added:

• 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 is reiterated that there is no permanent presence of either Chinese soldiers or civilians in the area and surveillance is maintained by our troops.

• India and China have well established diplomatic and military mechanisms to address all issues in our border areas. 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.

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