September 2003 News

After Pak, it is intrusion from China: Thupstan

26 September 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

LEH (LADAKH): After Pakistan, we are receiving information about intrusion by China’s army in some border areas of Ladakh region, Chief Executive Councillor (CEC) of Leh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LADHC) Thupstan Tswang has said. He said in the middle of last year there was a major intrusion by China in Shehoon area. 'They constructed roads in our area and were planning some major works,' he said adding that 'we got the area cleared from the intruders.' It took some weeks to see the area occupied by China was cleared of all intruders and now the entire Shehoon was under our control. 'We have recently received information about China’s intrusion in Chemoon area where our farmers were being threatened by China’s troops, he added. Farmers cannot do farming or take their live stock there for grazing, he said. 'We have already taken up the matter with the concerned authorities,' he added. The deployment of security forces in Sheshoon and Chemoon have been further strengthened to avoid such incidents in future, Mr Tswang said. 'We do receive information about intrusion in other border areas also. But these are not too serious,' he said. About Pakistan, he said recently there was an incident of shelling in Turtuk area in which some houses were damaged. 'We have constructed under ground bunkers in Turtuk area so that in case of shelling by Pakistani troops, people could take shelter there, he said adding likely there was no report of any human loss. He said the LAHDC is planning to construct under ground bunkers for schools and hospitals in the area so that in case of shelling by Pakistanis troops, education of the students did not suffer. 'We have requested the people of Turtuk to identify any alternative place, which they consider safe from Pak shells, so that they could be shifted there. The authorities will take all possible measures within its means to provide every assistance to the people living near the border. (UNI)


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