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No bulldozers used by China, border standoff not longest, says Indian Army

The Indian Army said no physical scuffle occurred between the personnel of Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army.

india Updated: Jul 03, 2017 23:53 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Army personnel keep vigil along the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh.(AFP File Photo / Representational)

The Indian Army maintained on Monday that no bulldozers were used when its bunkers were destroyed by Chinese soldiers amid the current standoff with China in the Sikkim sector. The army also denied that the border standoff with China is the longest ever since 1962.

“The incident is not the longest standoff between the two nations,” said a statement issued by the Army spokesman in New Delhi while reacting to a PTI story which had given details of the standoff.

The spokesman also said no bulldozers were “ever employed” for destroying the Indian bunkers and that no physical scuffle had occurred between the personnel of Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

A senior government functionary had earlier said that bulldozers were used to destroy the Indian bunkers.

The spokesman also claimed that no such incident ever happened on June 6 and referred to a statement made by the ministry of external affairs in which the date of incident was mentioned as June 16.

The spokesman went on to clarify that “Indo-China relations as also the relationship between both the armies are extremely well managed by a host of mechanisms.

“The MoD (ministry of defence) or the Indian Army has neither issued any official statement nor has undertaken any unofficial briefings due to the fact that such sensitive issues are best dealt between two nations away from the media glare,” the spokesman said.

He said that in this situation “as some of the acts have happened involving Bhutan, therefore, the ministry of external affairs has already given a substantial briefing on the issue.”

First Published: Jul 03, 2017 23:30 IST