The Indian Army has come forward and clarified about the recent reports of Indian jawans and the Indo-Tibetan Police being captured briefly by the Chinese forces. The army claimed it to be unsubstantiated reports that are aimed at hurting national interests.
Earlier, there were reports that the Indian forces were captured for a brief moment by the Chinese forces amid the rising tensions between the two forces across the line of control. The reports also claimed that the forces were released after a border meeting between the commanders of the two forces. The report had also claimed that the Chinese have made aggressive movements in the Pangong Lake and also have violated air borders.
Responding to this, the Indian Army released a statement. The statement read,
“There has been no detention of Indian soldiers at the borders. We categorically deny this. It only hurts national interests when media outlets publish unsubstantiated news.”
The report had further claimed that the Chinese army had managed to breach into the Indian side of the line of control and have also been reportedly conducting aggressive patrols using motorboats in the Pangong lake. The senior officer admitted that the situation have “massively” built up but things are returning to normal.
Having said that, the tensions along the border have been continuously heating up amid the pandemic of COVID-19. Chinese have been aggressively behaving at four to five high altitude locations after which the Indian army has sent in additional troops. Reportedly, both sides have an equal presence in the Galwan region. In the last few weeks, both India and China have reportedly sent in additional troops and even building fortifications along the line with pitched tents in the areas of Ladakh, northern bank of Pangong Tso, Demchok, and Galwan Valley areas.
The seriousness of the situation on the ground can be gauged by the fact that the Army Chief General MM Naravane himself has visited Ladakh on Friday.
The Indian Military, in the statement, has clarified that they will not allow the Chinese infiltrating army to transgress into the Indian Territory by increasing the patrolling in those areas.
Source: The Times of India