Uttarakhand govt seeks report on Chinese transgression
After initially denying on the information on Chinese transgression in the Indian territory at Barahoti in Uttarakhand, the government has directed officials to collect information and prepare a reportUpdated: Aug 02, 2017, 20:35 IST
After initially denying on the information on Chinese transgression in the Indian territory at Barahoti in Uttarakhand, the government has directed officials to collect information and prepare a report. News agency PTI reported earlier this week that People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers were sighted on the Indian side in Barahoti on July 25.
According to cabinet minister and government’s spokesperson Madan Kaushik, officials of Chamoli district have been told to file report.
“The Chamoli district administration will be giving report (on transgression). The district magistrate and superintendent of police will find out further details, if any” Kaushik said.
Last month a team of officials from state were sent to the India China border. Higher officials have yet not shared whether the team has returned or filed its report. Every year a team of officials, visit border area twice and on returning files fact finding report. In July last year the team had reporter transgression in the same Barahoti area in Chamoli. In June this year a Chinese helicopter allegedly violated Indian airspace as it hovered for around four minutes above Barahoti.
Barahoti - a pasture land where local people graze sheep - has a decades-long history of transgression by Chinese troops. In 2013, then chief minister Vijay Bahuguna told in an internal security meeting in Delhi that China made 37 incursion attempts between 2007-2012 in Barahoti.
It requires a 3-km steep trek to Barahoti ridge, from where Tibet (under China) is visible. A 700-metre descends from the ridge takes one to pond called Parvati Kund. A little away, within the Barahoti pasture land is the seasonal Hoti river. Indian villagers worship the Parvati Kund. Permission from the local authorities is needed to visit the pond. Shepherds from Niti valley had been grazing their sheep for long across the Barahoti pasture land.
Meanwhile, chief minister Trivendra Rawat who was in Nagpur on Tuesday was quoted by PTI as saying “There is one area in Barahoti where carrying of weapons is prohibited for Indian as well as Chinese soldiers. There are instances of Indian soldiers going into their territory and Chinese soldiers coming into our territory.”
Uttarakhand shares 80.5 kilometers long pores border with Nepal and 344 kilometers long international border with China spread across Chamoli, Uttarkashi and Pithoragarh districts. Indian Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) mans the Indian border with China.