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Chinese troops ‘intrude’ 25 km into Ladakh; Army chief Dalbir Suhag denies it

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 - 2:25pm IST | Agency: dna webdesk

Chief of the Army Staff, General Dalbir Suhag on Tuesday denied reports of Chinese troops entering 25 kilometers into Indian territory. "There is nothing like that ( no Chinese incursion)," said General Suhag.

General Suhag was talking to reporters after attending a DGR National Corporate Conclave in the capital. He was responding to alleged reports of Chinese troops entering 25 to 30 km into Indian territory in the Burtse area of Northern Ladakh.

The Army Chief's reaction come amidst reports a patrol of Indian troops noticed the People's Liberation Army (PLA) personnel on Sunday while moving from their base towards the higher 'New Patrol base' post in Burtse area of North Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.

Sources said the troops after walking barely 1.5 km from their base spotted the Chinese personnel in Indian territory 25 to 30 km from the perceived Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Adhering to newly drafted Standard Operating Procedures, the Indian troops returned back to their base. The troops went on a patrol again to the 'New Patrol base' post in the wee hours of Monday. However, the team found no change in the situation as it noticed the PLA personnel still sitting on the ground with flags reading "this is Chinese territory, go back" in their hands.

A Quick Reaction Team had also accompanied the Indian patrol but nothing could be achieved as Chinese refused to budge from their position, the sources said, adding finally Indian troops returned to their base and informed their higher ups. Udhampur-based Army Spokesperson Col SD Goswami denied that any such incident had taken place but said there was no commonly delineated LAC between India and China which led to transgressions.

(With agency inputs)

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