PLA Patrols Cross LAC In Ladakh In March

5 April 2015

Srinagar: A Chinese army patrol last month entered into Indian territory in Ladakh twice leading to face offs with the Indian Army along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The incidents took place at Burtse and Depsang areas of Ladakh where People's Liberation Army had pitched camps in April 2013 leading to a three-week long standoff. The news of the intrusion by PLA was exclusively reported by Daily Excelsior. However, the PLA had to remove the tents after the issue was taken up by the Government of India with China. Reports reaching here said that PLA came to Burtse and Depsang areas in north of Ladakh, on March 20 and 28. The PLA patrol was noticed in the Indian territory and they tried to push Indian Army back from the present position where Army is but these attempts were thwarted by Indian Army. Sources said that after noticing a PLA patrol in Indian territory, army displayed the banners in Chinese asking the PLA to return to their side. After initial resistance they responded and returned to their controlled area. Indian troops have intensified the vigil after these two incidents. They are watching the movement of the PLA in the area and are ready to thwart their attempts. A senior Army officer, however, told Excelsior that there were no deliberate attempts by the PLA to intrude in the Indian territory. He said that since the LAC is not defined in the area, the Army patrols at times cross to each other's territory. He said that Army along the LAC is alert to thwart any designs by PLA. China lays claim on 38,000 square kilometers of Indian territory in Ladakh and in Despang it is eyeing on Indian territory as this area gives advantage to India to overlook the Karakoram highway linking China with Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir. India has an Advanced Ground Landing (AGL) facility in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) which was activated in August 2013 and Indian Air Force had managed to land a C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft at the air strip located at 16614 feet.