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J&K miffed with Centre over Chinese troops' intrusion response

india Updated: Jan 13, 2011 12:23 IST
Arun Joshi

The Jammu and Kashmir government is miffed with the response of the Centre dismissing the incursion of the Chinese troops into the Indian territory as a result of "misperception" about the Line of Actual Control and asking the government to seek clearance from ministry of defence for any work within the radius of 20 km of the borders.

"This is an unacceptable response of the Centre," a highly placed official told Hindustan Times and added "how could the fact be denied that work on a passenger shed was stopped by the Chinese troops, as the passenger sheds are constructed in the inhabited areas".

After the media reported the incursion of Chinese troops in Demchok area of Leh in October last year on Monday, a ministry of external affairs statement had said: "Government have seen media reports alleging Chinese troop intrusion in the Demchok area of Leh District in Jammu & Kashmir. These reports are baseless and do not conform to fact. They are, therefore, not a cause for concern. It will be recollected that there are differences in perception, between India and China, on the Line of Actual Control in this area."

The army chief Gen V K Singh also had downplayed the incident and observed: "In this particular case, the so called T Point which is being mentioned is an area (which the) Chinese over a period of time have felt, that the LAC passes through that area and the Army and the ministry of external affair's advise to all the people concerned, has been instead of putting this problem to our head, let us wait till it is resolved."

As the people in the area have to move to the winter pastures to graze cattle, they need sheds to save themselves from elements, that's what the state government had done when it ordered the construction of the passenger shed. The work was forcibly stopped by the Chinese troops.

According to sources in the army, the whole problem lies because the LAC has not been demarcated.

They conceded that Chinese troops have been taking advantage of this, and they have been coming to the Indian side.

The Northern Command had written to the army headquarters in 2009, asking it to take up the matter with the ministry of external affairs to sort it out once for all. But there has been no progress on the issue, the sources said.

Meanwhile, the state government official dealing with the issue, told Hindustan Times that going by the logic that no construction work should be carried out within the 20 km radius of the borders- international border, Line of Control and Line of Actual Control, poses serious threat to the development.

"By this argument, we cannot undertake any development work in Jammu, which is less than 20 km from the international border (as the crow flies)."

Sources revealed that the matter would be taken up by the state government with the Centre at the highest level.