Reacting to a news article carried by Chinese news agency, Xinhua, India on Thursday clarified that an Indian Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV), which was on a regular training mission inside the Indian territory crashed on the Chinese side after it lost contact with the ground control due to technical problem.
China had protested the incident and termed it as a violation of its “territorial sovereignty.”
“An Indian UAV which was on a regular training mission inside the Indian territory lost contact with the ground control due to some technical problem and crossed over the LAC in the Sikkim Sector,” said a statement issued by India’s Defence Ministry.
“As per standard protocol, the Indian border security personnel immediately alerted their Chinese counterparts to locate the UAV. In response, the Chinese side reverted with the location details of the UAV,” the statement added.
The ministry also said that the exact cause of the incident is under investigation and the matter is being dealt with in accordance with the established protocols through institutional mechanisms to deal with situations along the India- China border areas.