Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat has confirmed reports of an incursion by Chinese troops in the Chamoli district of the state. “The good thing is they(Chinese) have not touched an important canal there,” Rawat told ANI on Wednesday. “This is a matter of concern. Our border has been peaceful. We have asked to increase vigilance. I am sure the central government will take cognizance of the issue,” Rawat said. The ITBP on July 19 sent a report to the ministry of home affairs about the incursion in the state by Chinese forces. Kiren Rijiju, minister of state for home affairs, said that the government will have to ascertain whether it was an intrusion or not. “The government will seek a report on it,” Kiren Rijiju said. Uttarakhand shares a 350-kilometre-long border with China. Chinese troops have made several intrusions into Uttarakhand in the last few years. About 250 China’s People’s Liberation Army soldiers had entered Arunachal Pradesh+ ‘s east district of Kameng in June this year. Significantly, the Chinese crossing-over in Arunachal+ happened at a time when Beijing had hardened its opposition against India’s bid for membership of the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group.
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