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Chinese troops are infiltrating in Jammu and Kashmir: Farooq Abdullah

Wahid Bhat |Srinagar

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Member of parliament Farooq Abdullah has reacted to the alleged infiltration of Chinese soldiers in Ladakh.

Farooq Abdullah said that Chinese troops are infiltrating in Jammu and Kashmir, but the Government of India does not make any difference to it.

Farooq Abdullah said that China always infiltrates, they feel that they go to their borders.

Abdullah said that the Chinese understand the Demchok area as its own area and come here, but this does not affect our country.

Farooq Abdullah said, “China always infiltrates, they feel that they go to their borders (meaning they think this region is their own), they infiltrate and then go back, but it will go away from our country Will not have any effect. ”

PLA troops enter Indian territory

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China intruded into Demchok area in Eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), prevented local civilians from doing normal work and celebrations of the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, leading to resentment and panic among the people. They retreated after few minutes.

The Defence Ministry and the Army have, however, taken note of the intrusion and the Army Commanders at local level were reportedly in touch with their PLA counterparts to hold a meeting at the Border Meeting Point (BMP) and ensure that such acts are not repeated by the Chinese troops in future.

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PLA troops stayed across the Nullah in Demchok and didn’t cross it. They returned when the issue was resolved with the intervention of Army.

Meanwhile, local people of Eastern Ladakh were of the view that their day-to-day work shouldn’t suffer because of the intrusions by the Chinese troops.

No Intrusion by Chinese Soldiers

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday, 13 July, said that there has been no intrusion by the Chinese in Ladakh’s Demchok sector.

“There is no intrusion,” Rawat said on the sidelines of an event.

His statement came amidst reports said that Chinese soldiers entered five kilometres deep into Indian territory at Demchok sector of Ladakh division in Jammu and Kashmir last week.

“Chinese come and patrol to their perceived Line of Actual Control… we try and prevent them. But at times, there are celebrations that take place at the local levels. Celebrations were going on our side by our Tibetans in the Demchok sector. Based on that, some Chinese also came to see what was happening. But there have been no intrusions. Everything is normal,” the Army chief said.

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In July 2018, Chinese security forces had come 500 metres into Demchok and had set up tents, reports from the previous year had said. A stand-off had also reportedly taken place in the same area in 2014.

The Demchok region is identified as one of the 23 “disputed and sensitive areas” on the LAC.

India and China share a disputed border and the armies of the two countries were engaged in a stand-off for 73 days in Doklam in 2017.