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Shinde apprised of Chinese incursions in Ladakh
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Tribune News Service

Jammu, October 6
The state government, including Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh, and senior officials of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) today “familiarised” Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde with the recurring incidents of Chinese transgressions in the Ladakh region at a high-level meeting in Leh.

“Several issues concerning the people of Ladakh, including transgressions by the Chinese troops, would figure in the meeting,” Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora told The Tribune before attending the meeting.

He, however, feigned ignorance about any report on the Chinese incursions to be submitted by the state government to Shinde.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Nasir Aslam Wani said the Union Home Minister has come to take stock of the security situation and the ITBP will brief him about the situation along the Line of Actual Control.

Quizzed if the state government has prepared any report vis-ŕ-vis the reported incidents of Chinese transgressions, he asked this correspondent to talk to the state Home Secretary Iqbal Khanday, who refused to share any information. However, it has been learnt that during the meeting, Shinde was aptly familiarised with the Chinese transgressions.

Before attending the meeting, in an indirect reference to the Chinese transgressions, the LAHDC, Leh Chairman, Rigzin Spalbar told The Tribune that all the “issues” would be discussed threadbare with the Union Home Minister during the meeting.

Without disclosing the agenda of the closed-door meeting, Leh Deputy Commissioner T Angchok said that Chinese troops come but in no-man’s land.

“Only the ITBP can brief the visiting minister in detail as the civil administration is not linked to what happens along the LAC,” said Angchok.

The civil administration has neither received any report from the ITBP nor has it prepared any on its own for the visiting minister, he added.

Jammu and Kashmir shares 804 km of LAC and IB with China.

The LAHDC and the district administration in Leh had been repeatedly talking about transgressions by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China in the border areas of Ladakh.

Defence Minister AK Antony, Minister of State for Home Dr M Pallam Raju and Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh had visited Ladakh earlier.

In the latest incident of transgression by Chinese troops, at least six PLA soldiers were reportedly detained and then let off by an Indian patrol party in Chumar area of Leh last month.

Recent transgressions

  • Six PLA soldiers entered Indian territory on horseback in Chumar area of Leh
  • Two choppers with seven to eight Chinese soldiers landed inside the Line of Actual Control in Chumar and damaged “unused Indian bunkers”





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