Chinese incursion in U'Khand 'handled', nothing to be alarmed about: Indian Army

| Updated: Jul 28, 2016 04:43 IST

New Delhi, July 27 (ANI): The Indian Army on Wednesday asserted that the Chinese incursion in Uttarakhand was not alarming adding that the incident did not last for more than few minutes and was handled as per mutual agreed drills between both nations. According to Army sources, transgressions continue to happen along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on account of differing perceptions of the border. In the current Barahoti incident in Uttarakhand, a small detachment of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops came across an Indian patrol in the area. The incident was handled as per mutually agreed drills and did not last for more than few minutes. Meanwhile, the Centre has also asserted that the incursion was not a very serious issue and they will resolve it on ground level. "The briefing that we have received from DG of the Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) according to that some incident of incursion has been witnessed there. But that is not a very serious issue," Minister of State Home affair, Kiren Rijiju said. In the context of air violation by the Chinese Army Rijiju said, "Air violation was there but up to the border area and the face off was not that serious issue. There is no demarcation between China and India, due to that little tiffs take place over there." Earlier today Rawat confirmed an incursion by Chinese troops into Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. "The state revenue authorities were there for mapping of our land and they noticed their presence. Earlier, there were sporadic incidents, but this time it is happening at a larger scale. However, I think that there is nothing to be alarmed as the activities were noticed in Chinese territory," Rawat told ANI. However, later in the day Rawat, made a somersault saying there is an increase in the number of Chinese troops along the Indian border, but ruled out any incursion into Indian territory. Uttarakhand shares a 350 kilometer long boundary with China and similar attempts at Chinese incursions have been reported in the past. The last reported Chinese incursion in the state was when the word 'China' was inscribed on rocks near Mana Pass in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. (ANI)