NEW DELHI: Weeks after the resolution of the Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese troops, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is back with the tactic of transgression into Indian side. Inputs with the Ministry of Home Affairs suggest PLA has transgressed 30 times in the last one month between October and November.
According to the inputs, PLA came up to Pangong lake in Ladakh on October 14 and 21, and entered 6 km into Indian territory via patrol boats. PLA troops again infringed on November 2 and 3 near Pangong lake. This time, Chinese troops came in a Range Rover SUV and entered 5 km into India. On all these occasions, the troops returned after staying for a few minutes.
In the Barahoti sector in Uttarakhand, the Chinese troops on October 11 entered India in a helicopter. PLA troops also transgressed on another occasion in the area after the visit of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Barahoti last month. Chinese soldiers trespassed 20 times in North Ladakh in October and November. PLA, according to the intelligence report, entered 19 km in Depsang and Trig Heights areas of Ladakh on Oct 12, 14, 21, 24, 25 and 30 and on November 3 and 7.
The report said PLA also came into Dichu and Asaphila areas of Arunachal Pradesh on November 1 and 2 before Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to the state earlier this month.
A meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs was held in Beijing on November 17 where both sides reviewed the situation along the border and agreed for peace and tranquility.
The 3,488 km LAC along the Indo-China border faces incursions and transgressions due to differences between perception over the territorial claims by the troops of the two countries, India maintains officially.
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PLA transgressed 30 times into India between October and November
PLA came to Pangong lake in Ladakh on October 14 and 21, and again on November 2 and 3
Chinese troops entered Barahoti sector in Uttarakhand on October 11