Indian Army foils incursion bid by Chinese soldiers in Ladakh

Pangong Lake, Ladakh Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team Leh Aug 15, 2017, 04.15 PM (IST)

The Indian Army foiled an attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter India's territory in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday (August 15).

Soldiers on both sides were injured in stone pelting during the confrontation which took place on banks of the famous Pangong Lake in Ladakh.

Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) tried to enter the Indian side in two areas - Finger Four and Finger Five - twice between 6 am and 9 am, officials said.

The Indian troops thwarted the attempts on both occasions, the officials added.

After Chinese troopers found their path blocked by Indian soldiers who had formed a human chain, they began hurling stones, prompting a swift retaliation by the Indian border guards.

China had constructed a road up to Finger Four which falls under Siri Jap area and is five km across the Line of Actual Control, the border that divides India from China.

Officials said that during negotiations in the late Nineties, the Chinese army constructed a metal-top road and insisted it was part of Aksai Chin, controlled by China.

The area is claimed by both India and China.

The situation along the banks of the lake - 45 km of which lies on the Indian side while 90 km lies on the Chinese side - has always remained volatile. Chinese troops have been intercepted by Indian Army patrol several times since a stand-off in 2013.

The armies of the two countries are involved in a stand-off in the Doklam plateau near Sikkim since the past two months.

Earlier, on the occasion of India's Independence Day, troops from both countries informally exchanged sweets at the strategic Nathu La border in Sikkim, barely 25 kms from Doklam.

The Indian Army also celebrated the occasion by distributing sweets to the local people.

Beijing wants to construct a road through the disputed Doklam plateau which is claimed by both Bhutan and China.

India has objected to the construction of the road and has deployed its troops in the region.

China has asked the Indian Army to withdraw from the region.




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