Frustrating the attempts of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army once again, the Indian Army has foiled the former’s infiltration attempt into the Indian territory from the northern shores of Pangong Lake in Ladakh.
According to reports, the Chinese soldiers attempted to enter India from two sides – Finger Four and Finger Five – twice between 6 am and 9 am yesterday. However, on both occasions, the attempts were rendered null and void by the Indian troops.
Interestingly, after the Chinese soldiers found their way blocked by a human chain formed by the Indian soldiers, they resorted to stone pelting to escape the situation. Personnel from both sides received minor injuries with the situation being finally brought under control after the customary banner drill under which both sides hold banners before stepping back to their respective positions.
However, the Indian Army spokesperson in New Delhi refused to comment on the incident.
Chinese troops first tried to infiltrate into the Indian territory through the Finger Four area, a region that has been a bone of contention between India and China as both claim it to be a part of their territory.
It is to be noted that China had constructed a road up to Finger Four which falls under Siri Jap area – five km deep into the LAC.
In fact, the Chinese troops earlier used to frequent the northern and southern banks of the lake, whose 90 km stretch lies on the Chinese side and 45 km on the Indian side.
Indian forces in Ladakh are now armed with high-speed interceptor boats, bought from the US, which can accommodate nearly 15 soldiers and are equipped with radar, infra-red and GPS systems.
Said to be as good as the Chinese vessels, these boats are used to conduct reconnaissance and area domination patrols.
It is not the first time that this particular region has been grasped by tension. In May 2013, the Chinese troops had been intercepted by Indian Army patrol numerous times after the three-week long stand-off between the two countries in the Depsang plains of Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO).