U’khand was in the dark about Chinese incursions in Barahoti
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 Updated: Aug 01, 2017 20:44 IST
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.