India-China clash: About 200 Chinese troops attempted to breach the LAC, but Indian troops opposed the PLA attempts in a “firm and resolute manner”, army officers said.
The clash between Indian army and Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops in the Tawang area of Arunachal Pradesh on December 9 sparked after a large Chinese patrol attempted to cross the Line of Actual Control (LAC), News18 reported citing army officers.
According to government officials, the incident happened as “Indian troops were following the pre-determined routine patrol format”. Chinese troops reportedly started a dispute over the patrol area, which Indian troops opposed.
“The altercation sparked the confrontation, which lasted several hours,” a government official said.
Soldiers were lightly injured
Staff from both sides were lightly injured in the clash. “This confrontation caused minor injuries to a few personnel on both sides,” sources said. Meanwhile, a government official told News 18, “…the number of soldiers injured in the clash is unclear. The injured Indian troops are receiving necessary medical treatment.”
The official said Chinese troops suffered more injuries than their Indian counterparts. “The Indian troops suffered minor injuries to their hands, legs and backs and a few also sustained facial bruises,” the official said.
According to sources, both sides immediately disengaged from the area. “As a follow-up, our Commander in the region held a flag meeting with his counterpart to discuss the matter in accordance with structured mechanisms to restore peace and tranquility,” according to the PTI, citing the Indian Army.
The clash between India and China will shake the Parliament
The clash between Indo-Chinese troops is likely to rock parliament on Tuesday, with several Congress leaders expected to offer adjournment notices in both houses to discuss the issue. The party accused the Narendra Modi government of suppressing the border issue, due to which China has acted with increasing boldness.
The PTI quoted Congress Leader Mallikarjun Kharge as saying, “Once again our Indian Army soldiers have been provoked by the Chinese. Our jawans fought resolutely and a few of them were also injured.
“We are one with the nation on national security issues and would not like to politicize it. But the Modi government should be honest about Chinese transgressions and construction at all points near the LAC since April 2020,” he added.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJ) MP for Arunachal East, Tapir Gao reacted to the incident and said, “…I heard that a few injuries have been reported from the Indian side , but the PLA suffered many more injuries…Indian soldiers at the border will not move an inch…The incident is condemnable…”
#LOOK | During the India-China confrontation in Tawang sector, BJP MP for Arunachal East, Tapir Gao said, “…I heard that a few injuries were reported from the side but the PLA suffered many more injuries…Indian soldiers at the border won’t move an inch…The incident is condemnable…” pic.twitter.com/H2G429ab1Z
— ANI (@ANI) December 13, 2022
Disputed areas in Tawang
Tawang has three mutually accepted disputed areas. Senior government officials have explained that such clashes in the Yangtze have been commonplace twice a year – before and after winter – since 1999. “India dominates the ridge there and China sees it as an intrusion, then tries to show his aggression,” an official said.
(News 18 entries)
First post: STI