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Some of the Chinese troops left on 13 September and the rest left after India and China held a flag meeting on 14 September on the Chinese side. Photo: AFP
Some of the Chinese troops left on 13 September and the rest left after India and China held a flag meeting on 14 September on the Chinese side. Photo: AFP

Incursion by Chinese troops reported in Arunachal Pradesh

Some Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh were detected by a joint patrol of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the Indian Army

Itanagar/New Delhi: After the Ladakh sector, Chinese troops came 45km inside Indian territory in a remote area of Arunachal Pradesh earlier this month and built shelters to claim that the territory belonged to them, according to reports from the area. Initial reports from Anjaw district said more than 40 Chinese troops set up a temporary shelter at “Plum post", an area 45km inside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the district earlier this month.

People familiar with the matter on Monday said that the incursion was, however, detected by a joint patrol of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Indian Army on 9 September after which a required banner drill was conducted.

However, the Chinese troops were reluctant to leave the place and claimed that the territory belonged to them, the people said.

The “Plum post" has witnessed frequent incursion bids by the Chinese troops every year at least two to three times but it was for the first time that they entered into this area, people in the know said.

Some of the Chinese troops left on 13 September and the others after India and China held a Flag meeting on 14 September on the Chinese side, they said. In a bid to end the repeated incursions from the Chinese side in this area, the two sides would be meeting again on 1 October.

Chinese troops have to travel through dense forests to reach “Plum post" while Indian troops have a jeep track in larger areas and after have to trek some distance to reach this post, people familiar with the matter said. The Chinese troops had earlier entered into Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh but were pushed back.

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