As per a recent report, Chinese troops entered almost a kilometer inside Indian territory and also threatened Indian shepherds grazing cattle. This happened in the Barahoti area of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district.
The breach took place on the morning of July 25, when some local shepherds were forced to vacate the land by troops of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The standoff has been on between India and China since a long time. The incident comes to light after the deadlock between Chinese and Indian troops at Dokalam near Sikkim.
Barahoti, is an area of 80 sq km sloping pasture about 140 km from Dehradun. It is also one of three border posts in what is known the “middle sector”, comprising Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. In this area the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans are not allowed to use weapons as it is a demilitarized section.
Barahoti was listed as a disputed area by India and China in 1958, and it was agreed that neither side would send troops. The ITBP jawans would guard the area with weapons in a non-militant manner, that is, with the barrel of the gun facing down. In June 2000, a unilateral agreement was made during negotiations on resolving the border dispute. It was agreed that troops would not carry arms in three posts, Barahoti, Kauril and Shipki in Himachal Pradesh.
ITBP men patrol these areas in civil dress. The Barahoti pasture sees Indian shepherds from villages in border areas tending their cattle and people from Tibet bringing their yaks for grazing.