ITANAGAR, January 16, 2018: Claiming that China has “apologised” for breaching Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tuting area during road construction, GOC-in-C, Eastern Command, Lt Gen Abhay Krishna said the Chinese would not try such misadventures again as the footprint of the Indian Army is everywhere.
“We marked the ground and told them that they cannot go beyond this, as it is Indian territory. They understood and apologised. They said it might have been a mistake by the people on the ground and that it won’t happen again,” Lt Gen Krishna said during the Army Day celebration here.
“Every area cannot be so well prepared. Arunachal is a huge state. But we have our foot prints everywhere. I am sure that they would not attempt such misadventures in the future,” he claimed.
Lt Gen Krishna said India has shown a lot of maturity by returning the road building equipment to China.
“I have to say that we are a very matured nation. So we returned the equipment after a few days when they came back and negotiated,” he said. “We do not need roads to reach everywhere. We are trained in that way to pass through the jungles and mountains. So all these areas are under our surveillance,” Lt Gen Krishna added.
He also said the army conducts several joint patrols with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police along border areas.
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