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Army moves 6,000 troops to border with China
amid ‘intrusion’ reports

New Delhi, December 13
Amid reports of intrusion by Chinese forces in Bhutan, the Army has moved more than 6,000 troops to the Sino-Indian border, close to tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China.

However, Army Chief Deepak Kapooor said that reported intrusions of Chinese forces in Bhutan were “a matter between the two countries”.

The shifting of Army formations north of Nathu La comes in the wake of reports of Chinese troops coming close to the Siliguri corridor.

But Army authorities brush it aside, saying that Chinese forces have been coming close to the Dolam Plateau for over two decades as the boundary in the area is still to be defined.

Army officials described the movement from Jammu and Kashmir as “routine move-back” of troops to their original locations”.

They said the forces being moved were all formations of the Kalimpong-based Army’s 27 Mountain Division, which had gone for counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir during Operation Parakaram in 2001.

According to Army sources, an entire brigade of the 27 Division and an additional battalion had been moved back over a period of three-four months, as situation in Jammu and Kashmir had “stabilised”.

When asked whether Army was concerned about reported intrusions of Chinese army into Bhutan, General Kapoor, speaking on the sidelines of an Army seminar here, said it was a matter between Bhutan and China to solve.

“It is a matter between Bhutan and China to resolve. So, that is an issue at diplomatic level. I have nothing to say,” he said. — PTI

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