No Kargil-like situation in Arunachal: Antony

Defence Minister A K Antony Tuesday discounted the possibility of Kargil-type operations in Arunachal Pradesh as apprehended by a minister of the state.

Last Updated: Jun 14, 2011, 19:48 PM IST

New Delhi: Defence Minister A K Antony
Tuesday discounted the possibility of Kargil-type operations in Arunachal Pradesh as apprehended by a minister of the state,
saying the situation on the border was under constant
monitoring and capabilities were being upgraded.

"Just as the other side (China) is increasing their
capabilities in our part, our Army and Air Force are steadily
increasing their capabilities. So we are confident of
protecting our interest in any territory. At the moment the
border is peaceful," he told reporters.

"We are closely monitoring the border situation. Our
Armed Forces, especially Army, are constantly upgrading their
capabilities in the eastern sector," he added.

Arunachal Pradesh`s Minister for Finance and Planning
Kalikho Pul, during his meeting with Planning Commission
Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, had reportedly cautioned the
government against a Kargil-like situation in the state.

During his meeting with Ahluwalia on June 13, Pul
reportedly also discussed the infrastructure development
projects carried out by the Chinese in areas bordering
Arunachal Pradesh.
On deployment of Army battalions in Chattisgarh, Antony
said, "Army is training in many states in most difficult
terrain because they want to have a feel of all the terrains
like deserts, mountains and plains. They are now establishing
a new training unit there."
He further said, "The land is alloted only for training.
We will not cut a single tree, we will not harass anybody
there. We are not against anybody, it is not an enemy
territory."

PTI