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3 Chinese held near LAC to face trial

Giving the nod to prosecute them,the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the three Salamo,Abdul Khaliq and Adil Thorsong will be brought to Leh from Margo post

The three Chinese nationals who were caught near Ladakh sector of J&K during an Army patrolling will face prosecution for allegedly travelling without valid passports and crossing into the Indian boundary.

Giving the nod to prosecute them,the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the three Salamo,Abdul Khaliq and Adil Thorsong will be brought to Leh from Margo post,where they have been kept for past one and half months.

The Indian Express had first reported the arrest of three Chinese nationals in June. The three were found to be carrying arms,ammunition and ration near Sultanchku area of Ladakh. During their questioning,it was revealed that the trio had advance knowledge of Indian defence posts and routes taken by troops during patrolling in the higher reaches of Ladakh. The security agencies were surprised by this. However,the three feigned ignorance about any of the Chinese camps across LAC.

The agencies so far have not been able to ascertain the reasons for their visits or found any evidence to link them to any conspiracy,said officials. Officials said at times the statements given by the three were contradictory,which raised suspicion.

The trio,who speak only Yarkandi and Uyghur languages,could not give any basic details about Kargalilik of Xianjang province from where they claimed to belong,said officials. A political map seized from them were torn from local school books,officials said. It is doubted that they could have been headed towards PoK,which is barely 20 km up north of the area from where they were nabbed.