Wednesday, September 16, 2009

ITBP denies its jawans being injured by Chinese bullets

Gangtok,September 16 - The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on Tuesday denied any incident of shooting that led to injury of two of its jawans in the North-Eastern region of Sikkim.

ITBP spokeperson Deepak Pandey termed the media reports which said that two jawans of the para-military force (ITBP) were injured in firing from Chinese side in Sikkim, as "factually incorrect and baseless". "No such incident of firing has taken place in north Sikkim on the India-China border," Pandey said.

The reaction comes in the wake of a front-page report carried in a leading Indian daily stating that two ITBP jawans were injured in China border firing – in a first violation of the 1996 ceasefire agreement between India and China.

A newspaper report citing quoting sources said two ITBP jawans were injured "by bullets fired from the Chinese side" about a fortnight ago but has been kept under wraps.