By A O News Service
ITANAGAR, Jun 01: The situation in Arunachal Pradesh border is ‘calm and normal’ and no standoff was reported between Indian and Chinese Army in the state recently, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said on Monday with assertion.
His stand came amid tensions running high between both neighbouring countries because of border skirmishes along undemarcated Line of Actual Control (LAC) in high-altitude eastern Ladakh.
Arunachal Pradesh shares a 1,080-km border with China, 440 km with Myanmar and 160 km with Bhutan. Twenty of the state’s 60 Assembly constituencies touch the international borders, 13 of them with China.
Responding to media queries during a press briefing in his office here, while terming the Ladakh incident as ‘unfortunate’ that too when the entire world is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Khandu said that there is no ‘war like’ situation in the state between the two Asian giants.
Khandu, flanked by chief secretary Naresh Kumar & planning& finance commissioner P S Lokhande, exhorted the people not to panic saying that there is no war like situation in the state and the central leadership are competent enough to tackle any situation.
“We are well prepared to face any situation if arises. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is capable of tackling any situation. Union Defence Ministry has already made its stand clear,” Khandu added.
The Indian Army on Sunday said no violence took place between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, after a video emerged on social media purportedly showing clashes between both sides.
“The contents of the video being circulated are not authenticated. Attempt to link it with the situation on the northern borders is malafide. Currently no violence is happening,” Indian Army said in a statement.
“Differences are being addressed through interaction between military commanders, guided by established protocols on management of borders between the two countries,” the Army said after an undated video surfaced showing clashes between Indian and Chinese troops in Pangong Tso area in Eastern Ladakh.
Last month another clash between groups of border troops was reported at Naku La in Sikkim.
Several rounds of talks between local military commanders have failed to end the standoff that began with a violent confrontation between rival patrols on May 5-6 near Pangong Tso that left scores of soldiers from both sides injured.