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Face-off in Ladakh: Commanders to meet today as India demolishes Chinese hut

The hut, with a solar panel on top, had a camera which recorded the movement of Indian troops, the sources said while giving details about the incursion.

By: Express News Service | Leh |
September 14, 2015 1:40:20 am
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A meeting of local commanders of the armies of India and China is expected to take place on Monday amid a face-off between the two sides in the heights of Ladakh’s Burtse area after Indian troops demolished a hut constructed on Indian soil ended in the early hours of Sunday.

The ITBP and Army jawans demolished the hut that was constructed 1.5 km inside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on Friday leading to a face-off between the two sides, official sources said. The area is located 210 km northeast of Leh.

The hut, with a solar panel on top, had a camera which recorded the movement of Indian troops, the sources said while giving details about the incursion. The construction was done by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to claim that the area belongs to them.

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This area is adjacent to Depsang plains where PLA had pitched camps in April, 2013 that had led to a three-week long stalemate.

After the demolition of the hut, Indian troops kept the camera and other material which will be handed over to the Chinese side in the form of evidence during the local army commanders meeting scheduled for Monday, the sources said. Earlier the meeting was scheduled for Sunday which was subsequently postponed, they said.

China has been trying to make inroads in Burtse area as it will give access to the PLA to monitor the activities of Indian troops based in Old Patol base besides trying to deny an advantage to India to overlook the Karakoram highway linking the territory illegally occupied by China with Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir(PoK).

Parrikar calls on Rajnath

Amidst the stand-off between Indian and Chinese forces in Ladakh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

During the 30-minute meeting, Parrikar and Singh are believed to have discussed about the stand-off between the Indian and Chinese forces in Ladakh and various other issues concerning the country, sources said. ENS

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