Army chief general Bikram Singh arrived on a two-day visit to the Jammu region on Tuesday to review the security situation. He arrived on a day when Indian and Chinese army personnel held second flag meeting between at Daulat Beg Oldi sector in Leh to resolve the stand-off after Chinese troops had entered about 10-km inside the Indian territory.
The Army chief was briefed about the situation in a meeting with Northern Army commander Lt gen KT Parnaik. According to sources, the chief was briefed about the preparedness of the Army and the efforts being made to diffuse the tension.
The general was also given a detailed report about the incident and briefed about the ground situation there. He was told by senior army officials that these incursions, which though are officially termed as transgression, have become quite a routine affair in the last three-year.
According to sources, he was also briefed about the growing 'frustration' among locals for the 'ineffective' response from the Army to counter this growing phenomena of Chinese incursion.
The Chinese army had last July stopped the construction work on 3.5-km Gondo-Yaldar irrigation canal from Indus river in Nyoma sub-division of Leh district. On July 12, about 16 personnel of Chinese Army came near the border and threatened the labourer to stop work.
In Oct 2010 the Chinese Army stopped the work of the passenger shed in Demchock are and a year before in Nov 2009 it stopped road construction work also in the same area in Nyoma block.
"General told the GoC-in-C northern command that Army had taken up this matter very seriously with the government and asked them to resolve it at the earliest as any kind of incursion couldn't be taken lightly as it also affects the moral of troops stationed at the posts," said a top source.
In August 2011, two Chinese helicopters entered the Indian territory in Chumur village violating the International boundary. The helicopters had intruded into the Indian territory by about 200-300 meters and halted for about 20-25 minutes. Further around 6 to 7 persons, reportedly Chinese army personnel, got down from the choppers and thereafter dismantled about 17 structures made up of loose stones in the shape of bunkers inside Indian territory along the border.
The Army chief also held a detailed meeting with the chief minister and discussed a host of issues including this stand-off. The Army is not taking civilian administration in loop on this issue.
The Army chief also visited Rajouri, interacted with commanders and troops and took stock of the operational and logistics preparedness.