MEA on Ladakh scuffle: ‘Not confirmed stone pelting or use of rods, just said there was an incident’

Ladakh clash: Indian border guards had thwarted an attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian territory along the banks of Pangong lake in Ladakh. The latest incident in Ladakh took place amid the ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese armies in Doklam.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 18, 2017 9:14 pm
Ladakh clash, China, India, Pangong lake, India China Ladakh, sikkim standoff, doklam standoff, pangong lake, indian army, raveesh kumar, MEA, india news, indian express Ladakh clash: On Tuesday, Indian border guards had thwarted an attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian territory along the banks of Pangong lake in Ladakh. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Nearly three days after the brief clash between Indian and Chinese boat patrols at Ladakh’s Pangong Tso lake, the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday refrained from confirming reports of stone-pelting or use of rods during the scuffle. “I have not confirmed stone pelting or use of rods, just said there was an incident,” said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, as quoted by news agency ANI.

The MEA also admitted that an incident between the armies of India and China had taken place along the banks of Pangong lake in Ladakh on August 15 and that it was later discussed by Army officers of both the nations, as per ANI. “There was an incident on 15th August, it was later discussed by Army officers on both sides,” Kumar said while addressing a press conference. He also said such incidents are not in the interest of either side.

A day after the incident, armies of India and China held border personnel meetings (BPM) in Leh’s Chushul sector. Commenting on the same, the MEA spokesperson said the border personnel meetings were held between India and China in Leh’s Chusul sector on 16th August and Sikkim’s Nathu La region a week before.

On Tuesday, Indian border guards had thwarted an attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian territory along the banks of Pangong lake in Ladakh. The latest incident in Ladakh took place amid the ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese armies in Doklam in India-Bhutan-China trijunction, which has now entered the third month.

According to PTI reports, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will pay a three-day visit to Ladakh beginning Sunday in order to take stock of the security preparedness along the border with China besides discussing key operational matters with top commanders.

Meanwhile, India also welcomed the US’ decision to designate Hizbul Mujahideen as a foreign terrorist organisation, saying that the move reflected the joint commitment of both the countries to deal with the menace of terrorism. “We welcome the designation of the Hizbul Mujahideen that has been responsible for carrying out heinous acts of terrorism and taking innocent lives in the state of Jammu and Kashmir as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US,” Kumar said.

With ANI, PTI inputs

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    Khushminder Sahasi
    Aug 19, 2017 at 3:09 am
    What kind of fake briefing by MEA spoke's person? Can this Govt one truth? There is trust deficit increasingly. Shah wants to win 350 seats, i prfict 150 seats for BJP at this rate.
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      MyTake
      Aug 18, 2017 at 11:37 pm
      You can trust a snake but not a Commie as snake uses only its instincts but Commie uses instincts along with his or her inherently flawed wisdom against its enemy!
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        Raveendra
        Aug 18, 2017 at 10:23 pm
        Are we back to stone age? If not why armed forces are resorting to stone pelting and are getting engaged in scuffles.
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          Jinita
          Aug 18, 2017 at 9:35 pm
          That is very Danger For Modi. He make a same mistake with Nehru. They think India Invade China territory, China will not fight. How much stupid it is ? Nehru make a mistake, then make Indian people hate Chinese ? Why ? For crazy Modi, We don't see US troops stand off In Russia. It is Just Modi do it. It is Just make better condition To build road In China. It is not To hold The neck of northeast India. China PLA has long range rocket gun, 300 km. If need fire, That is a better choice. So I worry Modi kidnap The India and China, make a war.
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            MyTake
            Aug 18, 2017 at 11:45 pm
            Mr or Mrs. Commie, non peaceful rise of a nation is dangerous and it it is more dangerous when the concerned nation wishes to be a super power whereas peaceful rise would have given it the right for celebration by one and all. China today is disturbing the peace intiatives that have come into play after two world wars and the non-peaceful rise of it along with ISIS are the two en ies that are under cutting all the good initiatives/efforts that are put in place by the humanity! China is today following exactly what earlier USSR followed and you know what lies in store on that path! Ego does not take anywhere, eventually it bankcrupts the people morally, ethically and in ideas and in peace and in anything that is good for human soul!
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              MyTake
              Aug 18, 2017 at 11:48 pm
              Your maste China supports terrorists to advance its agenda! Do you have any sense what that means!
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              vivek
              Aug 18, 2017 at 9:21 pm
              For Indias it is felt that china is behaving like veto welding world power behaving in irresponsible way when India has always called for peaceful resolution China is behaving like world power on prowl and dominate the region with its strong arms tactics and military solution with no room for diplomacy . AT the same time the diplomatic solution offer by India cannot be seen as weakness china can very well construct road where there is no tension instead of poaking India for war and war.
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                AM White
                Aug 18, 2017 at 8:13 pm
                Donford visited China and Japan, it meaning USA already known what is the choice of China if USA attack N-korea since they has a protocol until 2021 . India sent troops on there, that is protect Bhutan or just pander to USA it is only known by Modi. But all of these...whatever the things go on, India and China both put conflict on face, USA never wanna see a powerful China, but also never wanna see a powerful India too. USA has seriously inside trouble from wall street even FL state wants leave USA and become to a independent country. The Asia would be much more chaos in the future 10 years...
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                  ramu
                  Aug 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm
                  India is definitely moving in a matured manner to bring down or cooling down the situation in indo China borders. In contrast look at Chinese reaction on situations it looks like immature and talking abt war all the time
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                    Abby Normal
                    Aug 18, 2017 at 6:45 pm
                    The MEA, is the only part of BJP working as it should, just a lot of garbage being fed to the media to support the wrong Image of what is going on on the borders.. Negative propaganda can be very dangerous.. and prove the instability of the Government.
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