Doklam: Ready to take on any Chinese mischief says GOC-in-C
Any mischief by the Chinese will be dealt with firmly, the Indian Army has said on the Doklam issue. The statement was made by the General Officer, Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command Lt. Gen. Abahy Kumar.
He was asked about China reportedly stationing its troops in Doklam, where the two countries were locked in a standoff for over two months earlier this year after the Chinese army tried to build a road in the area claimed by Indian-ally Bhutan.
India feared the road, if completed, would allow China to cut off its access to its northeastern states. The standoff ended in September after the two countries mutually agreed to withdraw their troops from the area.
Stating that he would not name anyone specifically, Lt Gen Krishna said the Indian Army is in high spirits and ready to take on any mischief.
"We are totally prepared, geared up; let anybody do any mischief and he will get it back nice and proper," he told reporters here.
Lt Gen Krishna was speaking at the Eastern Command headquarter at Fort William here after a wreath-laying ceremony on 'Vijay Diwas' to commemorate India's victory over Pakistan in 1971, which led to the liberation of Bangladesh.
The road building effort by China and presence of its troops at the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan had led to an eyeball-to-eyeball face off between New Delhi and Beijing for 73 days from June 16.
Reports have said that China still has troops stationed a few hundred metres from the tri-junction in Doklam sector.
Asked if the reports were verified, Lt Gen Krishna said a lot has been stated about them and he has nothing more to add.
"The Indian Army is always in very high spirits, we are always ready to take on any mischief by anybody. I am not going to name anybody specifically.
"Territorial integrity is ingrained in our blood and for that we will go to any extent to ensure the territorial integrity," he said.
Asked if India was prepared for a two-front war, Lt Gen Krishna said the country was "undoubtedly" ready for any eventuality.