The Hush Post: Days after the so-called Chinese entry into Bishing Arunachal Pradesh, it has come to light that it was not an intrusion. Sources say that at best one can call it an ‘inadvertent border crossing’ by Chinese labourers only. The People’s Liberation Army was not involved in it, according to a report by the National Security Council, an apex body that advises the Prime Minister.
The report said the group was to carry out some construction activity but they were unaware they were on Indian territory. By the time they were confronted by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), it was already late for them. The area where the intrusion took place is in Bishing of Upper Siang district, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The Chinese labourers as they are being projected entered the Indian territory and were 600 metres inside.
The report that analysed the incident that took place around December 26 said that it was not intrusion but an accident. When the road building party was confronted by the ITBP, they left the equipment and ran away. China has approached the Indian side and requested that the equipment be returned, which includes an excavator and a water tanker. Sources said the Indian side was likely to return the equipment whenever the next meeting at the border was held.
The incident had raised serious concerns similar to what happened in mid-June last year when Indian soldiers crossed the Sikkim border to stop the construction of a Chinese road near the Chicken’s Neck, a thin strip that links India to its northeastern states.