September 15, 2014 | By Parmjeet Singh
Ladakh: Activity on India-China border is hitting headlines, ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India. After yesterday’s reports of Chinese soldiers camping in Demchok area of Ladakh, there were reports earlier today that around 300 Chinese soldiers have surrounded 100 Indian soldiers at Chumur area in Ladakh.
Recent reports say that Chinese civilians in government vehicles have entered Indian territory in Demchok in Ladakh and are preventing locals from working on an irrigation project there.
Media reports say that Chinese government vehicles carrying civilians entered Indian territory and prevented locals from working on an irrigation project.
The Indian government sought to downplay the reports while maintaining that the boundary question would be discussed with the Chinese side.
“This is true that for the last one week, China is objecting and protesting against the work on an irrigation project in Demchok village which is close to the Line of Actual Control along with China border,” Leh Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh said.
He made these comments in the wake of reports that the Chinese army had entered Indian territory and stopped the local villagers from work on the irrigation project under the NREGA scheme.
Leh DC said the Chinese civilians from a village across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) called ‘Toshigang’ were brought in government vehicles in large numbers to prevent the locals from working on the project.
As per media reports, when asked to comment on the issue, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the “brave sentinels” on the border will address any issue that happens on the border. Whatever happens there, they will handle it, he said.
Meanwhile, the Indian Army has also refused to comment on the media reports on this issue.
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