Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

India to raise airspace violation with China soon: Sushma Swaraj

Violation of Indian airspace India to raise airspace violation with China soon: Sushma Swaraj
Melissa Porter | 06 June, 2017, 04:27

Referring to reports that the helicopter was in Indian airspace for a few minutes, he added, "It could have been an error, either pilot or navigational error".

The choppers were identified as the Zhiba series of attack helicopters.On previous occasions, Chinese helicopters had entered4.5 kilometres into Indian territory, an area that Chinaclaims as its own and recognises as Wu-Je.

Pointing out that on-the-ground transgressions had taken place earlier because of differing perceptions of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Swaraj had noted that "this is the first such air space violation".

Two days after a suspected Chinese helicopter was sighted flying above Indian territory in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj on Monday assured that the Indian Government will raise the issue with China. "We hope that the two sides will make joint efforts to maintain tranquility and peace of the border area", Hua Chunying, spokesperson, Chinese foreign ministry, said.

The SP said an investigation is underway to ascertain details of the airspace violation. "It remained inside the Indian airspace for almost four minutes", said Chamoli Superintendent of Police Tripti Bhatt.

"This is true that two Chinese helicopters landed in Uttarakhand".

Incidentally, ITBP sought to downplay the episode. "In fact, such violations also happen from our side in winters when we fly helicopters along the global border to keep a vigil on our border outposts".

The choppers returned to the Chinese side after about five minutes, probably after carrying out aerial photography of Indian ground troops in what could be a reconnaissance mission, official sources in New Delhi said. The official downplayed former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna's statement that the Chinese troops intruded into Barahoti area 35 times during his nearly two-year tenure.