Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is commencing a two-day tour to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh today, where he plans to engage with security personnel stationed in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh.
Using the social media platform ‘X’ (formerly Twitter), Singh announced his itinerary, stating, “On the 23rd of October, I’ll be arriving in Tezpur for a two-day journey encompassing Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. My agenda includes interactions with the Armed Forces personnel stationed in the region and visits to forward areas.” He also expressed his anticipation of celebrating Dussehra with the troops stationed in Tawang.
This visit follows the Defence Minister’s earlier inspection of the security readiness in the Tawang sector, which is a contentious area due to repeated incursions by the Chinese Army.
In December of the previous year, troops from the People’s Liberation Army had breached the Line of Actual Control in the Tawang Sector, resulting in a confrontational situation with minor injuries sustained by personnel from both sides. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had subsequently informed Parliament of these actions, emphasising that Indian forces had thwarted the attempt to alter the status quo in the Yangtse area of the Tawang sector.