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Indian Army rejects reports of Chinese army damaging 'wall'

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Dec 24, IRNA -- Indian Army rejected media reports on alleged Chinese intrusion at the Tawang sector in Arunachal Pradesh recently.

A few regional TV channels had Thursday telecast footage of Chinese army damaging a 'wall' constructed by the Army on the Indian side of the Indo-Sino border.

Brigadier Sudhakarjee of Army's 190 Mountain Brigade today said at Itanagar, capital of Arunachal Pradesh state that there has been no such incident reported in the international border at the Tawang district, pti reported. The Brigadier's clarification came in the wake of the reported telecast of footage shown in some regional TV news channels on Chinese intrusion to have happened at the Tawang sector, during a meeting he had with Tawang Deputy Commissioner (DC), Kemo Lollen at his office, official sources said.

He said the information about the Chinese intrusion was nothing but a rumour.

The DC, who convened the emergency meeting, while expressing his concern on the rumour, assured the Brigadier that he will inform the people of Tawang in particular and Arunachal Pradesh in general that the news footage given in some TV channels was false.

He said such 'unfounded' news items may create panic and apprehension in the minds of the people.

Meanwhile, GOC, 4 Corp Lt Gen Shakti Gurung during a meeting with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki Thursday said that everything was normal along the borders.

Tuki during the meeting had expressed concern over the report of Chinese troops damaging a 'wall' constructed by the Army in Tawang area.

Lt Gen Gurung said that it was not a major issue as the area is disputed with regard to Chinese claims over it.

Besides, he said, the wall was a temporary structure of loosely placed stones stacked by the jawans to protect themselves from harsh winds during patrolling and to prevent cattle from wandering into Chinese territory.

'The same has been re-erected and is an old issue now. This occurred last July,' Lt Gen Gurung said.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30728650

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