Stand-off in Chumar worsens as Chinese troops intrude again
NEW DELHI: The stand-off in Chumar region in Ladakh
worsened on Saturday after a second intrusion by Chinese army personnel in two
days was reported at another point after they had withdrawn from the same area.
Around 50 personnel of People’s Liberation Army (PLA)
arrived in nine vehicles at Point 30R and they were in addition to the 35-odd
personnel who were already camping at a hillock in the Chumar area itself,
official sources said. Chumar is located 300 km Northeast of Ladakh.
The Chinese soldiers immediately alighted from the
vehicles and positioned themselves barely 100 metres away from the Indian Army,
which had decided not to withdraw completely from the region even after the
Chinese PLA had returned on their own to their side on Thursday night, the
The 30-R post in Chumar has been frequented by PLA
often as Indian Army has kept an observation post which dominates the Line of
Actual Control (LAC) and gives advantage to India in keeping a vigil on the
Chinese activity deep across the border.
The 35-odd PLA men, who had returned Friday morning at
a different point in Chumar after going back the previous night, continued
their stay for the second consecutive day on Saturday. The Chinese helicopters
were air dropping food packets for its soldiers but had not violated the air
space till now, the sources said.
The Army, which had started scaling down operations
from the area following the Chinese withdrawal Thursday night, put a halt and
again started pitching their tents bracing themselves for a possible stand-off,
the sources said.
The tension in this area erupted on Sunday when some
of the Chinese workers, who were constructing road on their side, started
entering into the Indian side and also claimed that they had orders to build
road up to Tible, five km deep into the Indian territory.
The Indian army asked
the Chinese workers to leave as otherwise they would face prosecution under
Indian laws for entering the country illegally.