The response from the MEA has come after a Indian satellite channel showed satellite images in which China has allegedly built a village on the banks of River Tsari Chu in the Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. The village comprises 101 homes and encroaches approximately 4.5 kilometres into Indian Territory. The channel showed two images of the area where it said the village has been set up. The first image dated August 26, 2019, did not show any human habitation but the second one of November 2020 shows a row of structures.
In response to this report Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his tweets. Meanwhile Bharatiya Janata Party MP from
Arunachal Pradesh (East) Tapir Gao claimed that it was during Congress' regime China has occupied Sumdorong Chu Valley in Tawang and added that the then Army Chief planned an operation but former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi denied him permission to push back People's Liberation Army troops. He also pointed out that China has been constructing roads in the region since the 1980s. "Since 80s China is constructing roads. They've built Longju to Maza road. During Rajiv Gandhi's regime, China occupied Sumdorong Chu Valley in Tawang. The then Army Chief planned an op but Rajiv Gandhi denied him permission to push back PLA," he said. "Since the 80s till today, they are occupying this area and construction of villages is not a new thing. They have already constructed military base between Bisa and Maza which is inside McMahon Line, under Indian Territory," Gao added. He pointed out that "There was a wrong policy of government during the Congress regime. They didn't construct roads up to the border which left a buffer zone of 3-4 km which China occupied. Construction of new villages isn't a new thing; it's all inherited from Congress.
The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC). China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet, while India protests against it. The army as well as the Indian Air Force have been maintaining a high state of operational readiness along the entire stretch of the LAC with China including in the Arunachal sector in view of the eastern Ladakh standoff.