Fresh transgression by Chinese troops in Ladakh

NEW DELHI/LEH: In a fresh transgression in Ladakh sector, Chinese PLA troops entered almost 6 km deep inside Indian territory near the scenic Pangong lake area this week leading to a stand-off between security personnel of the two sides, according to security sources.

The incident occurred on March 8 when a platoon of at least 11 PLA men led by a Colonel-rank officer crossed over the imaginary Line of Actual Control (LAC) at ‘Finger VIII’ Sirjap-I area close to the Pangong lake, sources in the security establishment said today.

The Chinese soldiers entered in four vehicles–two light one medium and one heavy–from across the Thakung border post of India and reached 5.5 km deep inside Indian territory, the sources said.

The sources said the soldiers were soon “countered and engaged” by a patrol of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police(ITBP) and they were locked in “eye-to-eye ball” confrontation for a few hours after which the situation got defused and the other side retreated. (AGENCIES)