Troops of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have reportedly entered two kilometres inside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Chumar sector, where Indian soldiers are said to be in an advantageous position due to a favourable terrain.
A senior government source said the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force deployed there was forced to retreat as around 100 PLA soldiers camped there. The Chinese, who started trickling into the area over a week ago, have camped themselves here for the past three days.]
Chumar is strategically important as it is located on a higher altitude and India has an ITBP camp there. There are a dozen more locations where India-China are engaged in standoff-in Demchok and Chumar sector.
“The PLA troops have taken a position two kilometres inside our perceived territory along the LAC. They do not have a camp in this sector as the terrain on their side is not hospitable. They have rushed in their men who are camping here. Following this, we have also rushed reinforcements and the build-up can increase in the coming days,” said a senior government official.
As the stand-off continues, ITBP DG Subhash Goswami Monday briefed Minister of State (Home) Kiren Rijiju and gave a presentation on the recent spate of standoffs along the LAC. “We have asked our men to be aggressive and this is the reason we are involved in a number of stand-offs with the Chinese in the past three months. We are building some infrastructure for our troops and China is objecting to it. We even raised the issue of China constructing some military infrastructure on the other side. Four flag meetings have taken place but no conclusion has been reached,” said a senior government official.
Another Home Ministry official said, “We have been asked not to lower guard and no de-escalation will take place from our side. This is a major shift in government’s stand from earlier times when we were asked to retreat.”