The soldiers of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have twice transgressed into the Indian territory in the month of July — on July 15 and 25 — at the Barahoti region of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, a highly placed Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) source said.
“On both occasions [on July 15 and July 25] about 15-20 Chinese soldiers transgressed into the territory at Barahoti that India and China lay claim upon. The soldiers stayed there for a while and returned,” the source said to The Indian Express, adding that such transgressions were routine in the area.
However, in the backdrop of the Doklam stand-off the frequency of such incidents has increased, the ITBP official said, adding that the actual situation at Barahoti would be known only after September, this year, when the data on transgression by Chinese Army in Barahoti, this year, is calculated and the result is compared to the transgression instances from last year.
An incident of violation of the Indian airspace was noted on June 3, this year, when two suspected Chinese helicopters were seen hovering over the Barahoti region for atleast three minutes.
In another incident of Chinese transgression, on July 19, last year, officials from Chamoli district, who were visiting Barahoti, saw Chinese troops on the ground and an attack helicopter hovering over the place for about five minutes was also seen. The Chinese troops recognised the area as ‘Wu-Je’, the officials had said.
Transgression by the Chinese Army into the Indian territory is a regular activity noted in Uttarakhand, which shares a 350-km border with China.
During a conference on internal security in New Delhi, in the year 2013, former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna had said that between 2006 and 2011 China had made about 37 incursion attempts in the Barahoti region.