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LAC issue: Army for resolution at earliest

The Indian Army has asked the ministry of defence to convey to the ministry of external affairs that the latter should take up the boundary issue with China immediately. Arun Joshi reports.

india Updated: Sep 16, 2011 01:41 IST
Arun Joshi

The Indian Army has asked the ministry of defence to convey to the ministry of external affairs that the latter should take up the boundary issue with China immediately.

Sources say this communication has come in the wake of the reported intrusion of two Chinese choppers into the Chumur area of Ladakh on August 25. The army wants such incursions into Indian territory to stop immediately.

The army has pressed for a possible demarcation of the boundary with China in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir and other states.

Although it denied any such incident, sources said the army too had instituted its own inquiry into the matter.

The boundary dispute between India and China was responsible for the India-China war of 1962. A large chunk of Indian territory including about 38,000 square km in the Ladakh region alone is under the occupation of China.

Varying perceptions of the borderline persist despite the Agreement on the Maintenance of Peace and Tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the India-China Border Areas of September 7, 1993, and the November 1996 Agreement of Confidence Building Measures in the military field along the LAC.

The problem of intrusion has been festering for the past two-three years.

The J&K government in 2010 stopped constructing a passenger shed near the border after protests from infiltrating Chinese troops in October 2009. Chinese troops had stepped into Indian territory in the Demchok area of Ladakh along the border to register their protest.

Construction was stopped on the directions of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the army.

IB chief raises red flag over China

IB chief Nehchal Sandhu on Thursday raised a red flag at Beijing’s ‘intrusive’ interest in northeastern insurgent groups, many of them known to procure weapons through suppliers based in China.

Sandhu's remarks at the conference of police chiefs from across the country are unusual, particularly since the security establishment has been coy about any negative references to the economic powerhouse in public.

Sandhu’s comments came at the conference where he was outlining the security challenges facing the country.