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China provokes again: PLA troops enter Ladakh, sent back after 3-hour stand-off

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Ladakh, Dec 18: In yet instance of Chinese aggression, troops of People's Liberation Army (PLA), reportedly, entered Ladakh's Chushul area on Tuesday which led to a stand-off for over three hours. Alert Indian security forces reached on the spot and had to spend 3 hours to send the Chinese forces back from Indian soil.

PLA troops enter Ladakh, pushed back
As per a TOI report, Home ministry sources said the incursion began in much the same way as the September standoff with civilians from both sides quarreling over rights to the differently-perceived 40-odd sq km spread. As the quarrel escalated, sources said, Chinese PLA entered Indian territory to support its civilians.

Indian forces rushed to the spot and asked Chinese forces to retreat to their territory. After three hours of standoff the Indian forces managed to push the PLA troops back.

The fresh incident comes barely two months after a two week long of stand-off, in Chumur-Dhemchok area, between the two forces.

Earlier in the month of October, PLA troops reportedly made a two-pronged simultaneous incursion by sending its troops into Indian waters in the Pangong lake as well as five kms deep into Indian territory through the land route in the same area.

Official sources then said that according to reports received by security agencies, Chinese boats entered into the Indian waters at the Pangong lake nestled in the higher reaches of Ladakh on October 22.

These incursions were simultaneously backed by Chinese troops on the road built alongside the Pangong lake which took place in eastern Ladakh and on the northern bank of Pangong Lake, located 168 km from Leh, the sources said.

However, alert troops of ITBP noticed the movement of Chinese troops and intercepted them at the imaginary line that is supposed to be the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the lake. The ITBP soldiers also blocked the Chinese troops mounted on mountain terrain vehicles who were trying to cross over the LAC by road.

A banner drill, in which both sides wave banners claiming it to be their territory, was carried out which was followed by a face-off between the troops of the two sides. However, Chinese troops had to return after the Indian troops neither allowed them to move their boats forward not allowed the troops on road to move an inch further, the sources said.

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 last year.

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