Chinese Troops Have Raised Permanent Tents Near LAC: Govt Report

11 May 2015
Rising Kashmir
Ishfaq Naseem

Srinagar: A report prepared by the state government has noted that the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) has raised permanent structures in Ladakh along the line of control. The report prepared by the state's Home department here on the incursions along the LAC in Ladakh has noted that there have been regular ' incursions' at the Demchok side in Ladakh and tents and permanent structures have not been removed. 'The PLA has not removed the tents and Chinese troops were also spotted on this side,' said a senior government official. The bunker type structures and tents have been constructed 100-200 meters inside the Line of Actual Control at Charding Niling Nallah Junction (CNNJ) east of Demchok,' noted the report. A senior government official said that the matter of repeated Chinese incursions along the Demchok side was earlier taken up with the PLA authorities in the border personnel meeting. However, it has been noted that the incursions continue along the LAC in Ladakh region. Deputy Commissioner Leh, Saugat Biswas, said the matter is being dealt by the Army and the ITBP. 'In view of the differing perceptions over the border, the matter is being looked into by the army and ITBP and they sort out the issues,' he said. Defence Spokesman said the structures 'would have been raised earlier.' Earlier this month Indian and Chinese troops had held a Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) at Chushul sector in eastern Ladakh to sort out the border issues. After field reports of the heightened activity by the Chinese troops along the Ladakh frontier, the Indian and Chinese side held constant dialogue over the differences of the position of troops at the LAC, government officials added. Earlier, BPM meetings were held thrice including on May 1, April 14 and 24 between the Indian and Chinese troops. A statement issued by a defence spokesman after the BPM in May noted that 'the meeting desired to maintain peace and improve the relations of functional levels on the border.' Both sides resolved the mutual feeling of upholding the treaties and agreement signed between the governments of the two sides to maintain peace and tranquility along the LAC. ' In view of repeated army incursions, the army has intensified the vigil along the frontier and has even deployed the unmanned aerial vehicles for heightened security along the frontier.