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Suspected Chinese chopper violates Indian airspace in Chamoli
The reported violation of Indian air space by helicopters of Chinese armed forces in Barahoti area of Chamoli district has again highlighted the dragon’s shadow on the areas of Uttarakhand situated on Indo-China border.
On Saturday two helicopters allegedly flew into Indian territory in Chamoli district.
The incursion reportedly occurred at 9.14 am on the day when two helicopters entered the Indian airspace from Tibetan side and hovered over the area for about four minutes.
The incursion was spotted by the Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) and the personnel of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is reportedly probing the incident and has identified these choppers belonging to the Zhiba series of attack helicopters.
Considering the sensitiveness of the issue, the administration of the Chamoli district is hesitating to officially confirm the incident.
When contacted by The Pioneer, the District Magistrate of Chamoli, Ashish Joshi said that he has no confirmed information about the incident. The Superintendent of Police, Tripti Bhatt also refused to comment on the intrusion as according to her the issue is very sensitive as it involves two neighbouring nations.
The Chinese helicopters have believed to carry out aerial photography of the Indian side in what is termed as a reconnaissance mission.
The Chinese move has triggered concern in the Indian security establishment as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has made three earlier incursions into Indian airspace since March this year.
Uttarakhand shares a 375 km long international boundary with China in the Pithoragarh, Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts. The state government recently has started developing infrastructure in the border areas.
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