Amid standoff between the Indian and Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, the Union Home Ministry on Wednesday said in Parliament that no infiltration has been reported along the India-China border in the last six months.
This was informed by the Government in the parliament today amid escalating tensions between both the Countries and multiple attempts by the Chinese to alter the Line of Actual Control, the de-facto border between the Asian Giants.
The Union Home Ministry’s written response was to a question from BJP Rajya Sabha member Anil Agrawal, who asked whether cases of infiltration from Pakistan and China had increased in the last six months and what steps were being taken by the government.
Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai in response informed that no infiltration has been reported along the Indo-China border during the last six months.
Notably, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in a statement in parliament yesterday had said that China continues to be in illegal occupation of approximately 38 thousand sq km in Ladakh.
He said that in mid-May, the Chinese side made several attempts to transgress the LAC in other parts of the western sector.
Rajnath Singh further said that China also claims approximately 90 thousand sq kms of Indian territory in the eastern sector of the India-China boundary in Arunachal Pradesh.
Tension at the LAC since May escalated on June 15, when 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the line of duty.
Meanwhile, after Chinese troop movement was observed on at least two locations across the Line of Actual Control in Arunachal Pradesh, India has also moved its troops to the eastern part of the border with China in Ladakh.
According to reports, China’s People’s Liberation Army has also built up its presence opposite Arunachal’s Asaphila and Fishtail-2 sectors, nearly 20 km from the Indian territory.
News agency Reuters had recently reported that India had sent additional troops to the eastern district of Anjaw in Arunachal Pradesh, which China also claims as its territory, raising the prospect of a wider face-off.
Arunachal Pradesh was at the centre of a full-scale war between India and China in 1962, and security analysts have warned that it could become a flash-point again.