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BJP protests against Chinese troop incursion

punjab Updated: Apr 27, 2013 14:20 IST

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists here have lodged a strong protest over the incursion by Chinese troops in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh region.

Holding anti-China placards, BJP activists marched through the streets of Poonch demanding a thorough probe into the ground realities along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

The president of the Jammu unit of the Bharatiya Jana Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of BJP, Ravinder Raina, asked why chief minister Omar Abdullah was doing nothing other than tweeting on this intrusion by the Chinese.

He (Abdullah) doesn't have guts. The Congress party and the UPA government have totally surrendered before China. I demand strong action against China. India must use its military might against China to deal with China, Raina said.

India has accused People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers of crossing some 10 kilometers inside territory claimed by India in the high altitude Himalayan desert of Ladakh.

Panthers Party activists also staged protests in Jammu city.

They demanded that Chinese soldiers must vacate the remote territory where they have set up their camp.

India lost a short but bloody war with China in 1962, fought in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh, then known as the North Eastern Frontier Agency or NEFA.

Currently, India controls Arunachal Pradesh, while China administers a large area adjacent to Ladakh called Aksai Chin.

Neither side is comfortable with the arrangement.

Small incursions are common across the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de-facto border that runs some 4,000 kilometers across the Himalayas, but it is rare for either country to set up camp so deep within the disputed territory.

The two countries have increased their military presence on each side of the border in recent years as their fast-growing economies permit more spending on defence of remote regions.

They hold frequent flag meetings of border commanders to diffuse tensions, but high-level talks to resolve the dispute have not produced results so far.