Chi­nese Army Trans­gresses LAC in U’khand

Army calls in­ci­dent a rou­tine af­fair; New Delhi wary of Beijing’s ef­forts to woo Bhutanese politi­cians ahead of par­lia­men­tary polls

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Shau­rya.Gu­rung


New Delhi: Chi­nese sol­diers trans­gressed up to a kilo­me­tre in­side Ut­tarak­hand’s Bara­hoti area, which is lo­cated along the Line of Ac­tual Con­trol (LAC). The in­ci­dent took place a few days be­fore Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Ajit Do­val’s visit to Beijing on July 27-28 for a BRICS meet. How­ever, top army sources said, “Me­dia re­port on Chi­nese in­tru­sion is in­cor­rect. Trans­gres­sions do oc­cur which are due to dif­fer­ing per­cep­tions of LAC. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive videos be­ing shown on me­dia and TV chan­nels are in­cor­rect and lead to wrong per­cep­tions.”

On the other hand, gov­ern­ment sources added that in­ci­dents of sim­i­lar na­ture have hap­pened in the past but are nor­mally sorted out lo­cally and should not be given un­due im­por­tance.

How­ever, peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the ter­rain had some­thing else to say.

They said the in­ci­dent took place on the morn­ing of July 25. About 10 Chi­nese sol­dierse­qualling a ‘sec­tion’ in mil­i­tary par­lance- en­tered up to one km in­side Bara­hoti. In­dian herds­men were present in the area, graz­ing their cat­tle when the Chi­nese ar­rived. The Chi­nese sol­diers asked them to leave the area.

“It was a sec­tion of Chi­nese sol­diers that came. Such inci- dents of them com­ing into Bara­hoti is a rou­tine af­fair. There are no con­fronta­tions dur­ing th­ese in­ci­dents. They leave the area and re­turn to their side of the LAC af­ter a while,” ex­plained an of­fi­cial.

The in­ci­dent has taken place amid a stand­off be­tween In­dian and Chi­nese troops in the Dok­lam plateau. But one can­not con­clu­sively state that the in­ci­dent is a re­tal­i­a­tion to the stand­off.

Fur­ther­more, this is not the first time that a trans­gres­sion by Chi­nese sol­diers has taken place in Bara­hoti. The first known trans­gres­sion took place in June 1954 and there­after there have been hun­dreds more. As re­cently as June 3 this year, two PLA he­li­copters hov­ered over the Bara­hoti area and re­turned af­ter a cou­ple of min­utes. In July last year there were trans­gres­sions by PLA sol­diers and airspace vi­o­la­tions by Chi­nese he­li­copters in the area.

Bara­hoti is lo­cated in the Mid­dle Sec­tor of the 3440 km long LAC.

China keeps as­sert­ing it­self here. Back in 1958, In­dia and China termed Bara­hoti as a dis­puted ter­ri­tory, where nei­ther side would send their troops. In the 1962 war, China only fo­cussed its op­er­a­tions in the west­ern and eastern sec­tors.

Now, the ITBP pa­trol the area with­out arms and not wear­ing their uni­forms.



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