The Chinese army is still camping in Indian territory in Ladakh’s Chumar area, 250 km south east of Leh. It has, however, moved back from the original point of transgression.
“The Chinese army has crossed 3 km inside the perceptional Line of Actual Control. It has moved back only a km but is still inside our perceptional territory,” said a senior army officer in the Northern Command on condition of anonymity.
However, locals in the area claim that the Chinese troops intruded about 8 km inside Indian territory. “They (Chinese) have been gradually and constantly intruding into our territory that needs to be stopped,” said a local resident over phone from near Chumar.
Sources said India had also pushed in an army battalion, comprising about 500 soldiers, though normally a battalion is of about 800-900 personnel.
The faceoff between India and China continued with India insisting on a complete pullout of Chinese troops.
The army adopting tough psychological warfare tactics has deployed its best troops who are not only top most fit for long face-off but also have physical advantage over its Chinese counterparts.
The army sources said it doesn’t want a repeat of Aug 2013 Demochok episode, when Chinese troops had camped inside Indian territory for about three-week, before moving back.
“They have been doing such activities for quite some time. Their troops comes inside our perceptional border and start camping. After much persuasion they return but at time they don’t. The new thinking is to counter this Chinese strategy with tough stand,” said a senior army official.
Local say till 1987 people of Chumar would do grazing at Chaday, about 5-km from Chumar, which is a pasture land. But it has been since then taken over by the Chinese army.
“Last year 70 horses of our areas accidentally crossed over to Chaday. Till now they haven’t returned 11 horses and are using them. It’s like teasing us,” said a local of Chumar.