Over 100 Chinese PLA enter Uttarakhand’s Barahoti, damage infrastructure

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According to the report, the sight of Chinese soldiers worried the local people who informed the Army and ITBP. Both the forces sent a patrol party to verify the matter, but the Chinese troops had already left before the Indian patrol could reach there.

New Delhi: More than 100 Chinese Army soldiers and 55 horses crossed the Indian border in Uttarakhand’s Barahoti on August 30, which is a demilitarized zone, and destroyed some Indian infrastructure, including a bridge.

The PLA crossed the border through the Tun Joon La pass and desecrated more than 5 km of Indian territory.

Defense establishment officials have sounded the alarm as this sector was the scene of China’s first encroachment into Indian territory in 1954, which culminated in a war between the neighbors in 1963.

According to official sources, there was no face-off between the Indian Army and the violating Chinese PLA soldiers as the PLA troops had left before reaching the spot.

According to the report, the sight of Chinese soldiers worried the local people who informed the Army and ITBP. Both the forces sent a patrol party to confirm the matter, but the Chinese soldiers had already left before the Indian patrol could reach there.

Although the region has not seen much Chinese activity on any large scale – except at the latest – small Chinese incursions are common, the last time in July.

This comes at a time when Chinese and Indian forces are withdrawing satisfactorily in eastern Ladakh, thus creating a headache for Delhi in the latest developments.

The Indian establishment is concerned as there has been an increase in activity at the Chinese airport near Barahoti and Chinese activity in the region had increased in recent months.

ITBP is monitoring the 350 km long Uttarakhand-China border. Barahoti Ridge is near Joshimath where ITBP and Indian Army have their camps to thwart any large scale Chinese invasion.

First published:September 29, 2021, 11:19 am

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