Chinese incursion during Xi visit uncommon: ITBP chief

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 23, 2014 00:05 IST

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) chief Subhas Goswami on Wednesday termed the incursion by China in Ladakh during the recent visit of its President Xi Jinping to India as ‘uncommon’ as it had gone on for a fortnight, unlike in the past when such incidents didn’t last more than 10-15 minutes.

Forces of the two countries were involved in a face-off at Chumur in Ladakh for a fortnight beginning September 11. The matter had clouded the Chinese President’s three-day visit to India.

Extremely careful with his words and refusing to disclose the number of times the Chinese forces crossed into the Indian territory this year, Goswami said, “It was uncommon as normally such incidents do not last for more than 10-15 minutes. When they come, we show them a banner telling them that the territory is of India’s and ask them to go back. They normally do. But this time the incident lasted for long.”

He also termed as ‘routine’ incidents that are resolved in 10-15 minutes.

Goswami said that incursions by China take place due to the perceptional difference vis-a-vis each other’s territories.

“The incidents in the past occurred due to the difference in the perception regarding the border,” said Goswami in a press conference on the eve of force’s raising day.

Refusing to give further details of the incident or the territory that India perceived as its own during the face-off, Goswami said that ITBP, which guards the 3,488-km-long border stretching from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, has placed the demand for more cameras and other surveillance equipment.

“We have installed a camera in the Ladakh sector which can zoom into objects 20-25-km away. We need more of such instruments,” he said.

Asked to comment about reports that the army wants to have the operational control of ITBP, Goswami said he had no such information, but added that “giving command of a force to another force would not be good”.

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