New Delhi: A Buddha statue installed at the
Indo-China border was shifted around 300 meters towards the
Indian territory after it was found damaged due to unknown
reasons in 2007, the Lok Sabha was informed Monday.
The statue was installed at Bum La Pass in Arunachal
Pradesh in October 2007, and was found damaged the same month.
"On October 30, 2007, a portion of the nose and two
fingers of the statue were found damaged, which has since been
repaired. The cause of the damage could not be ascertained,"
Defence Minister A K Antony said in reply to a written query.
He added that the statue which was earlier placed very
close to the Bum La Pass, has now been "shifted approximately
300 meters towards our side of the Line of Actual Control near
an Army post, where it is under constant observation".
Answering another query, the Defence Minister said a part
of the total number of T-72s in the Army have been equipped
with high-end technology night vision devices, which has been
"fully integrated and exploited".
He added that the process of further upgrading the
night-fighting capabilities of the tanks will be continued