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Chinese troops pushed back, no serious injuries to Indian soldiers, Rajnath tells Parliament

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Chinese troops pushed back, no Indian soldiers pushed back Chinese troops and forced them to return to their posts after they tried to transgress the Line of Actual Control in Yangtse area of Tawang Sector and unilaterally change the status quo on Dec 9, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament today.

“The Chinese attempt was contested by our troops in a firm and resolute manner. The ensuing face off led to a physical scuffle in which the Indian Army bravely prevented the PLA from transgressing into our territory and compelled them to return to their posts. The scuffle led to injuries to a few personnel on both sides. I wish to share with this House that there are no fatalities or serious casualties on our side,” the Defence Minister said.

“Due to timely intervention of Indian military commanders, PLA soldiers went back to their locations. As a follow up of the incident, local Commander in the area held a Flag Meeting with his counterpart on 11 December to discuss the issue in accordance with established mechanisms. The Chinese side was asked to refrain from such actions and maintain peace and tranquility along the border. The issue has also been taken up with the Chinese side through diplomatic channels,” Singh said.

“I would like to assure this House, that our Forces are committed to protecting  our territorial integrity and will continue to thwart any attempt made on it. I am confident that this entire House will stand united in supporting our soldiers in their brave effort,” the minister added.