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Ladakh UFO sightings fox authorities
Sanjib Kr Baruah, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, November 06, 2012
First Published: 23:09 IST(6/11/2012)
Last Updated: 12:21 IST(7/11/2012)

A spate of sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) near the Pangong Tso lake in the Ladakh area on the Indo-China border has the authorities foxed.

More than 100 sightings—comprising moving luminous objects--have been reported from the area in the last two months.

The Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police have studied the phenomena but have come out with no viable explanation yet.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), which had been apprised of the happenings, responded with a crisp “No movement here” comment when asked if any fresh developments have taken place on the puzzling occurrences.

“We have already submitted a report to the Union home ministry on these strange happenings comprising strange moving lights. Till now, no explanations have come forth,” said an ITBP official.

While confirming the developments, Army spokesperson Major General SL Narasimhan said they are being looked into at the appropriate levels.

There are also reports that in September, an army radar unit was moved to the location which could not detect these luminous objects inspite of them being in visual range. An Army drone also failed in its mission to check up on the objects.

While the Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Astrophysics, which has field stations in the area near the lake, has said nothing unusual has been detected, its’ staff has been alerted to keep a keen watch.

While the establishment is looking at it from the standpoint of security and technology, the Pangong Tso lake is no stranger to such incidents with locals even in the past reporting ‘strange and mysterious  lights‘ being sighted which defy explanation.

The lake, Pangong Tso or Banggong Co (Tibetan for "long, narrow, enchanted lake) also featured in the Amir Khan-starrer film ‘Three Idiots’ as well as in Mani Ratnam's ‘Dil Se’. Situated at about 4,350 metres, 60% of its 134 km length falls in China while the other part is in India. The Line of Actual Control actually passes through the lake.


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