Reporting on the clashes between Chinese and Indian Army, Aaj Tak journalist Shweta Singh has stroked a controversy by saying that Chinese incursion into the Indian territory is not just governments fault, but also Army’s as patrolling the border are not government’s responsibility. In a video going viral on social media, the journalist can be seen saying this to Rohit Sardana. This comes at a time when reports have come in of a violent hand-to-hand clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers at the disputed border in the Himalayas. Chinese troops killed an Indian Army officer and two soldiers.
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- Following this video, Twitterati has erupted into anger and is trending #Aajtakmanfimango on Twitter. Senior Congress leaders like Vineet Punia have joined the campaign.
- These fatalities have reportedly been caused by hand to hand combat and the use of stones and batons. The military forces of India and China generally do not carry arms to the Line of Actual Control, the conflicted territory, in order to foster diplomacy and avoid fatalities.
- India and China have been facing-off for over a month after Chinese troops crossed the so-called Line of Actual Control on May 5 and 6 to occupy over 60 kilometres of Indian territory at four locations – Pangong Tso, Galwan River, Demchok and Hot Springs.
- The Indian Army has published a revised statement regarding the clash, stating that there were casualties on both sides, while A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said that its troops had acted in self-defence after two Indian soldiers had crossed into Chinese territory on Monday: “provoking and attacking Chinese personnel, resulting in a serious physical confrontation between border forces on the two sides.”
- A senior Indian Army officer said that more than 20 Indian soldiers had also been captured and many might still be in Chinese custody.