Highlights:

  • Randeep Singh Surjewala questioned about the situation on the Line of Actual Control in the eastern sector of Arunachal Pradesh
  • Bipin Rawat states the reports that the Chinese have come into Indian territory as false
  • The statement of the ministry was India’s first official response to the Pentagon report

On Friday, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress leader questioned the situation on the Line of Actual Control in the eastern sector of Arunachal Pradesh, the following day after the ministry of external affairs and chief of defence staff Bipin Rawat remarked on the reports of China constructing villages in Arunachal Pradesh.

The ministry spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi stated, “China has undertaken construction activities in the past several years along the border areas including in the areas that it has illegally occupied over the decades. India has neither accepted such illegal occupation of our territory nor has it accepted the unjustified Chinese claims.”

Meanwhile, stating the reports that the Chinese have come into Indian territory as false, Bipin Rawat voiced, “The present controversy- that has erupted- that the Chinese have come across into our territory and built a new village is not true. But what I wish to come out with is that the Chinese are building villages possibly for billeting and locating their civilians or for their military in the future all along the LAC, particularly after the recent face-offs.”

Referring to the matter, Surjewala tweeted, “EAM says we will not accept China’s illegal occupation! CDS gives ‘clean chit’ to China? Earlier, PM told an all-party meeting ‘No one has entered our territory’. Defence ministry has conducted 13 rounds of talks with China on Depsang-Gogra. Will Modi govt state the truth?”

The statement of the ministry was India’s first official response to the Pentagon report citing that China has built a village in Arunachal Pradesh. Arindam Bagchi asserted that the government is committed to the objective of developing infrastructure along with border areas for the improvement of livelihood, including in Arunachal Pradesh. He added that the government keeps constant supervision on developments having bearing on India’s security and takes all measures to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Bipin Rawat’s statement was a part of Times Now Summit 2021. He uttered, “Wherever the Chinese have now developed their posts, we have seen some old dilapidated huts that existed in that area.”

Rawat further claimed that there may be a couple of them, and the villages have increased in size. He expressed that these are probably to billet the Chinese soldiers and subsequently, feels that they might be proposing to facilitate the arrivals of their families once in a while. “Our civilians going there, our families visiting forward areas, so they are watching all this,” he commented.

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