The Ministry of Defence clarified that a drone operated by Indian security forces in Sikkim had crossed over the Line of Actual Control (LoAC) with China during a training mission, after it lost contact with ground control because of a technical problem.
“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 exact cause of the incident is under investigation. 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,” M/o Defence said in a statement.
The clarification came after China “voiced strong dissatisfaction and opposition to the intrusion of an Indian unmanned aerial vehicle into China’s airspace”, Xinhua reported.