Indian Army pushed PLA out of Tawang: Defence minister tells parliament

In a statement in the Lok Sabha, the defence minister said that the skirmish between soldiers of the Indian Army and the People Liberation Army (PLA) resulted in injuries to “a few personnel on both sides”.

New Delhi | Updated: 13 December, 2022 12:51 pm IST
Defence minister Rajnath Singh speaking in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The Chinese attempt to “unilaterally change the status quo” in a contested area of Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh was repelled by Indian soldiers on December 9, defence minister Rajnath Singh told parliament on Tuesday, adding that the matter has been raised with Beijing through diplomatic channels.

In a statement in the Lok Sabha, the defence minister said that the skirmish between soldiers of the Indian Army and the People Liberation Army (PLA) resulted in injuries to “a few personnel on both sides”.

“On December 9, 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 ensuing face of led to a physical scuffle in which the Indian Army bravely prevented the PIA from transgressing into our territory and compelled them to return to their posts,” he told the house.

Singh said there were no “fatalities or serious casualties” to any Indian soldier.

Indian military commanders intervened into the matter and PLA soldiers went back to their posts. “As a follow up of the incident, local commander in the area held a Flag Meeting with his counterpart on December 11, 2022 to discuss the issue in accordance with established mechanisms,” the defence minister old Lok Sabha.

“The Chinese side was asked to refrain from such actions and maintain peace and tranquillity along the border. The issue has also been taken up with the Chinese side through diplomatic channels,” defence minister Singh said.

Singh said Indian security forces are committed to protecting our territorial integrity and will continue to thwart any attempt of incursion.

“I am confident that this entire House will stand united in supporting our soldiers in their brave effort,” he further said.

On Tuesday morning, Singh was briefed on the security situation in Tawang by chief of defence staff Anil Chauhan and the chiefs of the three services in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, many Opposition members gave notices in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha for discussion on the skirmish in the Tawang region.

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