Indian, Chinese troops set for face-off at Ladakh sector in J&K
New Delhi/April 19
Indian and Chinese troops are set for face-off at eastern Ladakh sector as People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had entered 10 kms into Indian territory and have setup a tented post there.
Sources said that Chinese army’s unit had entered into the Indian Territory in Burthe in Daulat Beg Oldi sector of eastern Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir on April 15 and established a tented post and a PLA platoon is stationed there.
China’s move could lead to face-off between troops of both sides as Indo-Tibetan Border Police unit have also setup a post few hundred metres away opposite the Chinese post.
Sources added the Indian side officers of ITBP had asked for Flag meeting but Chinese side has not responded to the communication as yet. Indian army official say that such situations occur due to different perceptions about the line of control and this situation is likely to be resolved through existing mechanism.
However, a regiment of Ladakh Scouts of Indian Army that specialize in mountain warfare had been moved towards the disputed sector.
Daulat Beg Oldi in Ladakh in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state, is a historic camp site and is currently a military base located on an ancient trade route connecting Ladakh to Yarkand in Xinjiang, China. It lies at the easternmost point of the Karakoram Range in a cold desert region in the far north of India, just 8 km south of the Chinese border and 9 km northwest of the Aksai Chin Line of Actual Control between China and India. Other than Siachen Glacier military bases, it is India’s northernmost built-up area. The area doesn’t have any habitation and the nearest inhabited town is Murgo to the south, which has a small population of Baltis who primarily depend on apricot farming and yak rearing.