China’s incursion bid in Ladakh foiled on I-Day

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Aug 2017 08:30:40



Chinese soldiers tried to enter Indian side twice between 6 am and 9 am on Tuesday

Their attempts were thwarted by Indian troops leading to a scuffle in which
personnel from both sides received minor injuries

Top Army officers hold meet to defuse the tension

INDIAN border guards foiled an attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian territory along the banks of Pangong lake in Ladakh on India’s Independence Day.
Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) tried to enter the Indian side in two areas— Finger Four and Finger Five— twice between 6 am and 9 am on Tuesday. But on both the occasions their attempts were thwarted by alert Indian troops.

After Chinese troopers found their path blocked by ITBP personnel who formed a human chain, they began hurling stones, prompting a swift retaliation by Indian border guards.
Personnel from both sides received minor injuries and the situation was brought under control after the customary banner drill under which both sides hold banners before stepping back to their respective positions.

This area has been a bone of contention between India and China as both claim it to be a part of their territory.
Meanwhile, senior Army officers of India and China met on Wednesday in Leh’s Chusul sector to discuss the incident at Pangong and ways to maintain peace and tranquillity along the Sino-India border in Ladakh were discussed at length at the border personnel meeting (BPM).

The sources said the BPM was pre-scheduled and the issues discussed included strengthening of existing mechanism for maintaining peace and tranquillity along the border. Brigadier ranked officers of both sides attended the meeting.

Two thirds of the Pangong Lake are controlled by China while one third of it is controlled by India.
When asked about the incident, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters, “This is not a subject on which the Government makes a comment on.”

The incidents in Ladakh took place amid a face off between Indian and Chinese armies in Doka La in India-Bhutan- China trijunction which has entered the third month.

Official sources said notwithstanding the stand-off, sweets were exchanged between the Indian Army and PLA troops in multiple border locations including in Doka La.
Exchange of sweets on Independence Day and Republic Day has been a tradition for last several years.