Lowering the heightened status of the issue of Chinese troops in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told the Lok Sabha late on Thursday that it was not “incursion” but “transgression”.
The difference between incursion and transgression is that while incursion could be an attack deliberately mounted by the enemy, transgression is the violation of a law or duty.
Transgression is less serious in nature than incursion.
Parrikar’s response came following questions raised by the Opposition parties on the issue that made headlines a few days ago when Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat himself said that Chinese soldiers had entered deep inside India’s territory.
The Defence Minister pointed out that India’s border with China was not demarcated and hence between 400 and 500 transgressions have been happening every year.
The Chamoli incident came to light when state government officials went up to Bara Hoti area in the district for land survey. They not only saw PLA soldiers on the ground around 200 meters inside Indian Territory but also a chopper hovering above.
According to reports, the Chinese soldiers had told the Indian officials to leave the area claiming that it belongs to China and is called ‘Wu-Je’.
Rawat had then said that the PLA did not cross a canal that forms the unofficial demarcation line between China and India.
Commenting on the matter Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had said that “only if the Chinese enter our borders it will be called an intrusion”.
“The Line of Actual Control (LAC) has not been formally demarcated. So there is a different perception about this on both the sides,” Parrikar said.
The Opposition however claimed that there have been several instances like these but the government is not taking necessary steps.