Chinese Army enter into Indian waters at Pangong Lake
LEH: Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently
made a two-pronged simultaneous incursion by sending its troops into Indian
waters in the Pangong Lake as well as five kms deep into Indian territory
through the land route in the same area, according to reports.
Official sources said on Sunday that according to
reports received by security agencies, Chinese boats entered into the Indian
waters at the Pangong Lake nestled in the higher reaches of Ladakh on October
These incursions were simultaneously backed by Chinese
troops on the road built alongside the Pangong Lake which took place in eastern
Ladakh and on the northern bank of Pangong Lake, located 168 km from Leh, the
However, alert troops of ITBP noticed the movement of
Chinese troops and intercepted them at the imaginary line that is supposed to
be the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the lake. The ITBP soldiers also blocked
the Chinese troops mounted on mountain terrain vehicles who were trying to
cross over the LAC by road.
A banner drill, in which both sides wave banners
claiming it to be their territory, was carried out which was followed by a
face-off between the troops of the two sides. However, Chinese troops had to
return after the Indian troops neither allowed them to move their boats forward
nor allowed the troops on road to move an inch further, the sources said.
Chinese troops had managed to enter up to Finger IV
area in the region from where they were sent back. This area has been a bone of
contention between India and China as both sides claim it to be a part of their
When Indian side was trying to back its claim on the
area during negotiations, the Chinese army constructed a metal-top road and
claimed the area to be part of Aksai Chin area, the sources said.
China had constructed a road up to Finger-IV area
which falls under Siri Jap area and is five km deep into the LAC, the sources
said. The simultaneous approach to enter Indian waters was seen as a move by
the Chinese troops to put psychological pressure on the Indian troops who man
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.
Indians are armed with high-speed interceptor boats,
bought from the US, which can accommodate nearly 15 soldiers and are equipped
with radars, infra-red and GPS systems.
These boats are stated to be as good as the Chinese
vessels and are used to conduct reconnaissance and area domination patrols.
The situation along the banks of the lake has always
remained volatile with Chinese troops being intercepted by Indian Army patrol
several times after the three-week long stand-off in the Depsang plains of
Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) in May last year.