U'khand was in the dark about Chinese incursions in Barahoti

U'khand was in the dark about Chinese incursions in Barahoti

U'khand was in the dark about Chinese incursions in Barahoti

By Super User / Trending Posts / Monday, 31 July 2017 22:14
In Dehradun, officials admitted that they were surprised to learn about the media reports on the Chinese intrusion in Chamoli district. District officials from Chamoli divulged that they inquired about the matter but none of the agencies having presence at the Line of Actual Control confirmed the episode....
DEHRADUN: Caught unawares about the Chinese intrusion in Barahoti sector, the Uttarakhand government is investigating how the mandarins in Delhi got information of the LAC breach without Doon in the loop.

The Chinese troopers had crossed over into Barahoti on July 25 and went back after they were halted by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). In fact, agency reports from Delhi on Monday said the Chinese had transgressed into Indian territory twice at Barahoti in July.

Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had said the state had no information about this breach as the border area is managed by ITBP and other central agencies. On Monday, Chamoli’s superintendent of police Tripti Bhatt acknowledged that “something” had occurred at the border but did not go into details. “I am not supposed to comment since it’s a matter of the strategic relationship between two nations. But there has been something. Partially, it (the news report) is correct,” Bhatt told HT.

Located 140 km from Dehradun, Barahoti is an 80-km-long pasture where local grazers go with their livestock.

In Dehradun, officials admitted that they were surprised to learn about the media reports from Delhi on the Chinese intrusion in Chamoli district. District officials from Chamoli divulged that they inquired about the matter but none of the agencies having presence at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) confirmed the episode.

A perplexed Uttarakhand government is now trying to find out the source of information from where it was received by the Centre. “We are still not aware if there was any intrusion by the Chinese army as is being stated by the central agencies. We are not aware how this matter reached the media because none of agencies working at the Indo-China border area have corroborated it despite our repeated efforts. They have denied the Chinese incursion theory,” Joshimath sub divisional magistrate Yogendra Singh, under whose jurisdiction Barahoti falls, said.

Singh said the district administration keeps track of every happening in border areas and it’s not possible that this information could slip under the radar. “We are trying to unearth the sources of information following a directive from the district administration.”

Meanwhile, the opposition Congress alleged that the central and state governments are presenting conflicting agendas on the Chinese intrusion in Indian territory. “People of India are being fooled by both Union and state governments on the former’s claim of the Chinese incursion along Barahoti border area. How is this possible that a unanimity is lacking on such a sensitive matter?” former chief minister Harish Rawat asked.

CNN-News 18  Reported as per their sources earlier :A wave of incursions since July 24 by the Chinese army into Indian territory in the Barahoti area of Chamoli, Uttarakhand

Sources said 12 to 15 soldiers crossed over into the Indian side on July 24, then on the next day and again on July 26, which was the day National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval arrived in China for the BRICS meet of national security advisors.

People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops came 800 metres into the Chamoli area of Uttarakhand, according to available information, and had a verbal showdown with the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). They left after two hours.

The latest incursion, at the time of reporting this, came on July 30 around 9 am.

Uttarakhand shares a 350km border with China and incursions are so regular that the local administration dismisses them as routine. China does not recognise the McMohan Line that marks the boundary between both countries, and these incursions are their way of marking what they perceive is their territory. 

The latest wave of Chinese incursions in Chamoli assume significance because of the Himalayan Standoff in Doklam which has been on for more than 45 days. 

The Indian Army on its part has denied any "intrusion" saying "transgressions happen in the area due to differing perceptions of LAC.

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