Chinese troops make several attempts to enter Indian waters in Ladakh: reports
NEW DELHI: After
making incursion bids in Ladakh through land route, Chinese troops have made
several attempts to enter Indian waters at Pangong lake nestled in the higher
reaches of Ladakh, with the latest incident reported on Friday.
reports reaching various government agencies, the Army had a face-off with the
Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on June 27 in the lake when their troops
tried to enter the Indian waters.
Northern Command Army spokesperson Col S Goswami declined to answer a query
about the latest incursion attempts and instead was asked to “approach PRO
(Army)”. However, there was no reply from his side when it was pointed out to
him that he was the spokesperson of the Army.
The Spokesperson of
the Ministry of External Affairs, when asked by reporters on Saturday about
reports of fresh incursions by Chinese troops in Ladakh region, merely said
Indian soldiers guarding the country’s borders will be able to provide an
appropriate response should any incident occur on the border.
sources privy to the development, Chinese troops were intercepted at the
imaginary line that is supposed to be the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the
lake and sent back after the face-off drill during which the army personnel on
both sides wave banners claiming it to be their territory.
The incursions have
taken place in eastern Ladakh and on the northern bank of Pangong Lake, located
168 km from Leh, the sources said. The Chinese patrols used to come frequently
from the northern and southern banks of this lake, whose 45 km stretch is on
the Indian side while another 90 km is on the Chinese side. However, every
attempt was foiled by the Army, which has been equipped with new boats.