Chinese in Uttarakhand: They came on July 24, 25, 26
Fresh incursions by the Chinese were reported from the Chamoli area of Uttarakhand in the last week of July. In fact there were three incursions in three days reported in July.
A batch of 15 Chinese soldiers crossed over into the Indian side on July 24, 25 and 26. Incidentally this was the time that India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was in Beijing to attend the BRICS summit.
During these latest incursions, the Chinese troops entered 800 metres into the Chamoli area. They also had a verbal showdown with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. This lasted for around two hours before they left.
The government has played it down and called it a transgression. These happen to due to different perceptions of the Line of Actual Control. These issues have been reported from the same area in 1958. That year a Chinese delegation had visited India. It was decided that both countries will not send troops into this area. It was also agreed upon that only shepherds would be allowed into this area. However, a final settlement on this dispute is still awaited.
On such incursions, the ITBP has sent reports to the home ministry. At a Chief Minister's conference it was stated that the Chinese had entered this territory at least 37 times between 2007 and 2012.