Proposed Army deployment in Arunachal normal: CM
Last Updated: Thursday, September 17, 2009, 17:35
Itanagar: The proposed deployment of two divisions of Army along the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh is not due to sudden rise in any threat from across the northern border, but to help the jawans get acclimatised with the tough, rugged and high altitude terrain, Chief Minister Dorji Khandu said here today.

"Do not read too much into it. They are coming here for an usual drill to get acclimatised with the difficult terrain. It is not any eyeball-to-eyeball deployment. We are not for any armed conflict with China," Khandu told here.

On reports of rising incidences of Chinese incursion, Khandu denied any incursion in the state and said there was no demanded for additional Army deployment by the state from the Centre. He said one division was already here.

Two Army divisions, each comprising 25,000 to 30,000 personnel, would come for an annual exercise, he said.

On Opposition BJP criticising the Centre for "recognising" Tibetan Autonomous Region without excluding Arunachal, Khandu said the archive records available in the Tawang Monastery and Tibet clearly indicated the boundary between Tibet and India. It was accepted by both sides and accordingly the McMohan line was drawn.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 17, 2009, 17:35

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