Chi­nese troops make two in­cur­sion bids in Ladakh

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CHI­NESE troops have re­port­edly made two in­cur­sion at­tempts in the last three days in Dem­chok and Chu­mar ar­eas of Ladakh sec­tor in Jammu and Kash­mir but were pushed back into their ter­ri­tory by In­dian se­cu­rity per­son­nel.

The in­cur­sion bids by the Chi­nese People's Lib­er­a­tion (PLA) came even as Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping em­pha­sised on the need to find a so­lu­tion to the Boundary Ques­tion dur­ing their meet­ing in For­taleza in Brazil yes­ter­day on the side­lines of the BRICS sum­mit.

The lat­est in­ci­dent oc­cured in Chard­ing Nilu Nul­lah Junc­tion (CNNJ) in Dem­chok sec­tor yes­ter­day when PLA per­son­nel en­tered the area on their ve­hi­cles in the wee hours claim­ing it to be Chi­nese ter­ri­tory, of­fi­cial sources said to­day.

The PLA soldiers who wanted to have a round of the area were stopped by the In­dian army and per­son­nel of Indo Ti­betan Bor­der Po­lice(ITBP), a force which guards the In­dia-China bor­der.

Af­ter a 30-minute long stand-off fol­lowed by a ban­ner drill where ar­mies of both the coun­tries warned each other against mov­ing a step for­ward, the Chi­nese PLA re­turned to their side, the sources said.

The Chi­nese troops, rid­ing on horses, had ear­lier en­tered through Chu­mar area on July 13 only to be con­fronted by In­dian soldiers and af­ter the usual ban­ner drill be­tween the two sides, the PLA pa­trol re­turned to their ter­ri­tory.

The in­ci­dent took place at Pa­trol Point num­ber 62, the sources said.

Lo­cated 300 km east of Leh, Chu­mar has been an epi­cen­ter of height­ened ac­tiv­i­ties of the PLA who had been mak­ing in­creased at­tempts to en­ter through this re­gion as In­dia has a dom­i­nance in this sec­tor. Chu­mar, a re­mote vil­lage on Ladakh-Hi­machal Pradesh bor­der, has been an is­sue for Chi­nese which claim it to be its own ter­ri­tory and have been fre­quent­ing it with he­li­copter in­cur­sions al­most ev­ery year. In 2011, it dropped some of the soldiers of PLA in this re­gion and dis­man­tled the makeshift stor­age tents of the Army and ITBP.

This area is not ac­ces­si­ble from the Chi­nese side whereas the In­dian side have a road al­most to the last point on which the army can carry a load upto nine tonnes.

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