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Indian Troops Forced Back Chinese Personnel Entering 1 Km Inside Arunachal Pradesh

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| January 4 , 2018 , 10:48 IST

Chinese civilian road building teams entered 1 kilometre inside the Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh's Tuting area last week but returned after being confronted by Indian troops, the government confirmed on Wednesday.

According to government sources, on December 28, around 4 months after the 73-day standoff at the Doklam pass came to an end, civilian Chinese teams crossed the border along with various road building equipment for track alignment activities, but returned when they were confronted by Indian troops, leaving behind some of their equipment.

The government maintains that there was no "face-off" between the two sides, and that the issue is being resolved through an established mechanism.

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Local villagers in Arunachal Pradesh claim that the Chinese team included uniformed personnel as well as civilians. The villagers added that after the Indian soldiers confronted the Chinese, they seized their road construction machines, including two excavators.

Pema Nyisir of Gelling village said that two excavators have been confiscated.

"The road cutting is also clearly visible from the right bank of Siang river at Gelling which is about 7-8 km by aerial distance from the site. Indian and Chinese troops had pitched tents at the freshly cut road and had erected a boulder wall," Nyisir said.

The villagers then informed a local policeman, who then alerted the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) who reached the spot and asked the Chinese personnel to return.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army has sent a patrol to the faceoff site.