Parl panel members express concern about situation in Doklam

RSTV Bureau

India China flagsSome members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs expressed concern on media reports that say that China has been ramping up its military presence in areas close to Doklam.

The panel headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor was briefed along with other MPs by top government officials that included Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra.

The briefing was on Sino-India boundary disputes and security, including Doklam.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also raised questions on the matter and asked officials about a recent media report showing satellite images of Chinese troop build-up near the standoff point on the Dokalam plateau.

Graphic representation of the location of the stand off between Indian Army and PLA near Sikkim border.

Graphic representation of the location of the stand off between Indian Army and PLA near Sikkim border.

In response, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said that the Chinese Army is in its own territory and similarly the Indian forces are also present on the other side.

The 73-day face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Doklam started on June 16 after the Indian side stopped the construction of a road by the Chinese Army.

(With inputs from PTI)