Chinese, Indian troops stand-off at Ladakh’s Demchok sector

Both sides pulled out banners and have been stationed on the ground.

By: PTI | Leh/new Delhi | Updated: November 3, 2016 6:37 pm
china, india, ladakh, china forces, india china border, india news, india china border standoff, ladakh china border, india news Around 55 Chinese troops arrived at the scene and halted the work in an aggressive manner, prompting security forces to rush to the spot. (Representational Photo)

Chinese and Indian troops are locked in a stand-off at the icy heights of Ladakh division since Wednesday after People’s Liberation Army(PLA) personnel entered an area where an irrigation canal was being built under the MNREGA scheme and stopped the civilian work. The incident took place Wednesday afternoon in Demchok sector, located 250 km east of Leh, where the work for linking a village with ‘Hot spring’ was being undertaken under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA).

Around 55 Chinese troops arrived at the scene and halted the work in an aggressive manner, prompting the army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police(ITBP) personnel to rush to the spot and stop the high-handedness of Chinese troops, official sources said today.

The Chinese troops took positions on the perceived Line of Actual Control (LAC) and demanded that work be stopped as either side needs to take permission before undertaking any work, a claim disputed by the Indian side which says that as per the agreement between the two countries, information about construction needs to be shared only if it was meant for defence purposes.

Both sides pulled out banners and have been stationed on the ground, the sources said, adding the Army and ITBP was not allowing the Chinese to move an inch ahead despite the PLA claiming that the area belonged to China.

The area had witnessed a similar incident in 2014 after it was decided to construct a small irrigation canal at Nilung Nalla under the MNREGA scheme that had been a sore point with the Chinese.

The PLA had mobilised villagers from Tashigong to pitch Rebos (tents) at Charding-Ninglung Nallah (CNN) Track Junction to protest Indian action.

This time, the sources said, there were 55 personnel from the Chinese PLA whereas nearly 70 personnel from ITBP and army had fortified the area and prevented their march deeper into Indian territory, the sources said. The ‘Hot Spring’ is different from the one in Chashool where Police day is observed in memory of 10 CRPF men killed in 1959 by Chinese troops. Meanwhile, senior Army officers insisted that there was no stand-off and the issue is being resolved through established procedures. They added that such objections are not uncommon from either side and situations like these are resolved amicably.

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  1. M
    Nov 3, 2016 at 7:03 pm
    Modi inherited a moth eaten termite ridden India with demoralized administration! Thieves thieves and thieves were everywhere! If UPA were to be in power for another 5 years, you could as well say stan zibdabad by now and of course with Chinese blessings! Unless you are one of them there is certainly no cause for joy in it!
    1. A
      Nov 3, 2016 at 2:02 pm
      India try to supress Pak whereas China supress india.
      1. F
        Fara Mina
        Nov 3, 2016 at 11:23 pm
        Be nya ko ki sine jaha ki tera agar may fouda nikla, Ushey nawab diya, achcha hua meralt;br/gt;dhue ka saya hua , Modi bhi Kanta hai............
        1. G
          Nov 3, 2016 at 11:24 pm
          Modi is the weakest PM India ever had. At one side Pak is killing solders and on the other side China in violating boundary. In response, PM is destroying bunkers lol. Even Russia is ignoring India's interest
          1. L
            Nov 3, 2016 at 5:06 pm
            This is what China thinks about India when asked .... who cares about a fox (India) at the backdoor when you have a bear (USA) at the front door.
            1. G
              Gautom Das
              Nov 3, 2016 at 11:30 pm
              Ladakh Standby ! Price of Corn will be much too high, Modi's tea stall would not belt;br/gt;able to pay Bhukey mur jayenge daal Dhokli bhi Khan nahi payenge ...........
              1. I
                Nov 3, 2016 at 4:05 pm
                Congressi buffon, you need a functional brain to see the differences.....which you clearly seem to lack.
                1. A
                  Ashok Mazumdar
                  Nov 3, 2016 at 6:30 pm
                  Send a Real Estate Broker to thelt;br/gt;Place
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