Rajnath says Indian soldiers thwarted transgression attempt by Chinese troops in Tawang sector
New Delhi, December 13, 2022
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament on Tuesday that Indian soldiers had successfully thwarted an attempt by Chinese troops to transgress the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on December 9 in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh.
"On 9 December 2022, PLA troops tried to transgress the LAC in Yangtse area of Tawang Sector and unilaterally change the status quo. The Chinese attempt was contested by our troops in a firm and resolute manner," the Minister said in a statement made in both Houses of Parliament.
He said the ensuing face-off led to a physical scuffle in which the "Indian Army bravely prevented the PLA from transgressing into our territory and compelled them to return to their posts".
"The scuffle led to injuries to a few personnel on both sides. I wish to share with this House that there are no fatalities or serious casualties on our side," he said.
Rajnath Singh said that, due to timely intervention of Indian military commanders, PLA soldiers went back to their locations.
He said that, as a follow-up of the incident, local Commander in the area held a Flag Meeting with his counterpart on December 11 to discuss the issue in accordance with established mechanisms.
"The Chinese side was asked to refrain from such actions and maintain peace and tranquility along the border. The issue has also been taken up with the Chinese side through diplomatic channels.
"I would like to assure this House that our forces are committed to protecting our territorial integrity and will continue to thwart any attempt made on it. I am confident that this entire House will stand united in supporting our soldiers in their brave effort," he added.