The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Tuesday dismissed New Delhi’s concerns over its military helicopters violate Indian Air space hours after external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said the incident would be raised with Chinese authorities.
China on Monday defended its military helicopters hovering over the Barahoti region in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand over the weekend, saying it has a territorial dispute in the eastern section of the frontier.
Official sources in New Delhi said the two Zhiba attack helicopters, which returned to the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) after about five minutes, could have carried out an aerial photography of Indian troops during a possible reconnaissance mission. The Indian Air Force is probing the incident.
A brief PLA statement said reports from India were wrong about the incursion.
“The Chinese military was conducting routine training activities on the Chinese side of the LAC. The Indian print (media) reports do not match the facts,” the statement said in Chinese.
The PLA denial comes after Swaraj emphatically said on Monday the matter would be raised with competent Chinese authorities.