In an unwarranted incident, frustrated Chinese Soldiers attempted to enter Indian Territory along the banks of Pangong Lake in Ladakh. Indian Soldiers retaliated with such a forces that Chinese have to retreat immediately. However this tussle resulted in stone pelting that caused minor injuries to people on both sides.
As per the reports, few Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) tried to enter the Indian side in two areas–Finger Four and Finger Five– twice between 6 am and 9 am. But on both the occasions their attempts were thwarted by alert Indian troops.
Once Indian Soldiers saw Chinese Troops inside Indian Territory, they formed a Human chain to block their path, to which Chinese Troops began hurling stones, prompting a swift retaliation by Indian border guards. Personnel from both sides received minor injuries and the situation was brought under control after the customary banner drill under which both sides hold banners before stepping back to their respective positions.
This is a very important development as both the Nations are facing a long standoff on Doklam issue. Even on this issue, Army spokesman in New Delhi declined to comment.
As per the sources, Chinese troops had managed to enter up to Finger Four area in the region from where they were sent back. This area has been a bone of contention between India and China from ages as both claim it to be a part of their territory. Indian side staked claim to the area during negotiations in the late 1990s, in response the Chinese army constructed a metal-top road and insisted it was part of Aksai Chin, which is under the latter’s control.
China, which is known for its aggressive stance had already constructed a road up to Finger Four which falls under Siri Jap area and is five km deep into the LAC. Earlier, the Chinese patrols used to come frequently from the northern and southern banks of this lake, whose 45 km stretch is on the Indian side while 90 km is on the Chinese side.
Earlier Indian Soldiers used to face quite a lot of difficulties due to lack of better Boats in this area, however now Indian forces are armed with high-speed interceptor boats, bought from the US, which can accommodate nearly 15 soldiers and are equipped with radars, infra-red and GPS systems. These boats are said to be as good as Chinese vessels and are used to conduct reconnaissance and area domination patrols.
The situation along the banks of the lake has always remained volatile with Chinese troops being intercepted by Indian Army patrol several times after the three-week long stand-off in the Depsang plains of Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) in May 2013.