Chinese troops have made several attempts to enter Indian waters at Pangong lake in the higher reaches of Ladakh, with the latest incident being reported on Friday.
According to reports reaching various government agencies in New Delhi, the Army had a face off with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as recently as June 27 at Pangong lake when their troops tried to enter the Indian waters.
Udhampur-based Northern Command Army spokesperson Colonel S Goswami, who is also the Army spokesperson, declined to answer a query from PTI about the latest incursion attempts. Ministry of External Affairs’ spokesperson in his reply to the query said Indian soldiers guarding the country’s borders will be able to provide an appropriate response should any incident occur on the border.
According to sources privy to the development, Chinese troops were intercepted at the imaginary line, supposed to be the Line of Actual Control 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, sources said.
The Chinese patrols used to come frequently from the northern and southern banks of the lake. While the 45 km stretch of the lake is on the Indian side, another 90 km is on the Chinese side.
However, every attempt by the Chinese troops was foiled by the Army which has been equipped with new boats, said sources.
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.