India has often cried foul play, being a victim of an aggressive China for transgressions in Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh and even in Uttrakhand. But the latest reports of alleged transgression by Chinese PLA, may not have the red dragon to blame for. As per high-level sources in the government, India may have invited trouble this time.
It all began on July 22, when an Indian team of 19 civilians led by a Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) first entered into the area in Barahoti in Chamoli, Uttrakhand, an area perceived by Chinese as their territory near the line of actual control (LAC). Six Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel, in civil clothes and unarmed, accompanied the Indian civilians 200 metres inside the “alleged disputed” territory.
The Chinese PLA prevented the Indians from going further and asked them to return. But no soon did the Indian team return, the Chinese PLA came in exactly 200 metres inside. Seeing the aggressive stance, Indian side led by ITBP asked the Chinese team to return to their original position.
CHINA OFTEN INSTIGATED INDIA
But this was not an end of the aggression. China deliberately tested India’s patience by sending a helicopter close to this very area. This air transgression took place three days later on July 25. The same has been reported to the central government.
The confusion over the incident started when Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat confirmed reports of an incursion by Chinese troops in the Chamoli district of the state.
“The good thing is they (Chinese) have not touched an important canal there. This is a matter of concern. Our border has been peaceful. We have asked to increase vigilance. I am sure the central government will take cognizance of the issue,” Rawat said.
Since the incident came to light, ITBP DG Krishna Chaudhary briefed the Minister of State Home Kiren Rijuju.
Playing down the incident, Rijuju said, “Nature of breach (by Chinese) is not severe. An incident at the border has occurred but it not a major breach. Both forces returned back to their previous positions.”
ITBP personnel were not carrying arms as use of firearms is not allowed as per an agreed protocol in 2005 and the 2013 BDCA. China violated by entering land in uniform and arms.
Though Indian team may have acted as trigger with SDM in Uttrakhand going into the ‘disputed’ territory would perhaps make India’s position weak in raising this specific matter with the Chinese authorities.
Source: India Today