The Himachal Pradesh government has asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to help demarcate boundaries of the two states to end the boundary dispute between the two states for forever.
The setting up of a post by the Jammu and Kashmir police at Sarchu on Manali-Leh highway, which falls inside the boundary of Himachal Pradesh, in July this year had raised hackles among the state police officials. The post was later removed.
To resolve the controversy, the Himachal Pradesh government has asked the neighbouring state that the boundaries at Sarchu, which borders Ladkah district, must be demarcated at the earliest.
Lahaul and Spiti deputy commissioner Hansraj Chauhan recently met his Ladakh counterpart Simranjit Singh to find out a permanent solution to the boundary issue. The Lahaul and Spiti deputy commissioner even presented revenue records to assert Himachal’s claim over the disputed areas between the two states.
However, sources told Hindustan Times that the Ladakh deputy commissioner did not have any pertinent documents to justify their claim over the disputed areas. Both the deputy commissioners will meet again to settle the issue.
The Jammu and Kashmir police has set up its post at Sarchu time and again over the past three years, which has become a bone of contention between the two states.
This year too in the month of July, the police of the neighbouring state had set up its post at Sarchu.
As the matter came to the notice of the state police, its crime investigation department (CID) sleuths visited Sarchu to ascertain the factual position. The CID sleuths found that the post had been set up three km inside the Himachal boundary at Sarchu.
Both Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir tried to underplay the controversy saying that the post had been temporarily set up for Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s ‘Kal Chakra’ initiation at Ladakh.
But the findings revealed that the Jammu and Kashmir police had been setting up the post every summer at the same point. The state police had also shot off a letter to Jammu and Kashmir police asking them to remove the post from the disputed point.
Sarchu is an important spot that lies at the boundary of Himachal Pradesh with Jammu and Kashmir.
Sarchu, situated at an elevation of 14,500 feet, lies between the mountain passes of Baralacha and Lachlung la pass. Sarchu is also an important trading point on the ancient silk route.