'Attempt to disrespect sovereignty and integrity of India unlawful and unacceptable': Govt warns Twitter over location settings showing Leh in China
New Delhi/IBNS: The government on Thursday told social media giant Twitter Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were "integral and inalienable parts of India governed by the Constitution of India" after location settings showed Leh as part of China, reported the media.
The government in a strongly-worded letter to Twitter Inc CEO Jack Dorsey communicated India's disapproval of "misrepresentation of map of India" and asked the company to "respect sensitivities of Indian citizens", said government sources, according to an NDTV report.
Reports said the geo-location of Leh, which is the headquarters of Union Territory of Ladakh and its largest town, was shown on Twitter as part of China.
In a letter, IT Secretary Ajay Sawhney wrote to the micro blogging site that any attempt to "disrespect sovereignty and integrity of India, which is also reflected by the maps, is totally unacceptable" and "unlawful".
"...such attempts not only bring disrepute to Twitter but also raises questions about its neutrality and fairness as an intermediary," IT Secretary Ajay Sawhney said in the letter, according to sources.
The incident happened at a time when the relationship between India and China has touched new low over the border clashes.
India and China have been engaged into border standoff along the LAC in eastern Ladakh since early May.
It has even led to a violent clash between troops of the two countries in the Galwan valley on June 15, wherein 20 Indian soldiers were killed.
The Chinese side also suffered massive casualties but they have yet not disclosed the figure.