Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 31
Fresh tensions have erupted between India and China, this time within the space between Thakung and Chushul alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China tried to vary the established order on the LAC two days in the past however was reportedly thwarted by the Indian Army.
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On Monday, in a counter operation, Indian troops of the secretive commando Special Frontier Force (SFF) occupied key mountain heights which China claims as its personal. The SFF consists of troopers recruited from the Tibetan group in India.
One SFF officer was reportedly killed and a minimum of two had been injured within the operation. So far, the demise has been attributed to a mine explosion.
The first incident on August 29-30 evening triggered by the PLA occurred on the southern facet of Pangong Tso, a 135-km glacial lake, the Ministry of Defence stated on Monday morning.
The SFF motion came about in two areas —- the south financial institution of Pangong Tso and Rezang La, which is additional south of Chushul.
Since May, clashes have taken place on the Galwan valley and north financial institution of Pangong Tso, making this the primary such incident south of Pangong Tso. The space between Thakung and transferring southwards in direction of Chushul is delicate as a highway runs nearly parallel to the LAC for a number of kilometres. Thakung is an Indian army base situated on the LAC. Chushul is a crucial base situated 50 km south of Thakung.
The MoD assertion stated: “The PLA carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo (at the LAC). Indian troops pre-empted this activity on the southern bank of Pangong Tso and undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change the facts on the ground”.
Sources stated the armies of the 2 sides had a bodily conflict as some 400 PLA troopers tried to vary the established order alongside the LAC. The PLA transfer has led to troop deployment at three recent places round ‘Black Top’, a mountain high simply south of Thakung that’s greater than 14,000 ft.
A Brigade Commander-level flag assembly was performed at Chushul alongside the LAC to resolve the problems, however the matter stays unsettled. On Monday, the PLA Western Theater Command accused India of “illegally crossing the line” on August 31 at two factors.
- August 29-30 evening: PLA tries to change LAC standing on Pangong’s southern facet
- August 31: In a counter operation, Indian troops of the Special Frontier Force, comprising Tibetans in India, occupy key mountain heights claimed by China
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