Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday failed to visit to some forward areas near the China border in Arunachal Pradesh, as also to Tawang despite making two attempts with officials saying the trip had to be called off due to inclement weather.
Parrikar, who had arrived in Tezpur – headquarter of the Army’s Four Corps – in northern Assam on Friday, made two attempts to fly to the forward areas and Tawang. He first flew off from Tezpur, but the chopper had to return due to extremely inclement weather conditions.
He later flew to Rangiya – headquarter of the Army’s 21 Division – and made a second attempt, only to call it off again after flying for a few minutes. “The weather had suddenly turned extremely bad in Arunachal Pradesh despite a sunny morning in both Tezpur and Rangiya,” an official said.
The defence minister, who arrived on a two-day tour of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on Friday, appreciated the high standards of military discipline and preparedness that troops deployed in difficult terrain and challenging environment in the Northeastern region. Interacting with officers and jawans in Tezpur on Friday he asked them to show due respect to human rights especially while operating in internal security situations.