Army apprises PMO, Defence Ministry of Ladakh situation


New Delhi: The Army has apprised the PMO of the latest situation in Ladakh where Chinese troops have entered Indian territory in Chumar and have been engaged in a face-off situation with own troops for the last one week.
The Army has apprised the Prime Minister’s Office and the Defence Ministry of the situation in Ladakh, sources said here.
Around 35 PLA personnel are perched atop a hillock in Chumar claiming the area to be part of China, while another 300 soldiers were maintaining presence close to Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Earlier this week, around 300 PLA personnel had entered Indian territory in Chumar for construction of a road but were stopped by the Indian Army personnel from moving ahead.
India and China have so far held more than two flag meetings to resolve the issue, which has been taken up at the highest levels between the two countries, but the Chinese troops have not returned.
Army sources said the chances of having more flag meetings to address the issue are bleak as they were not yielding many results.
Chumar, the last village in Ladakh area bordering Himachal Pradesh, has been a bone of contention with China claiming it to be its own territory and has been frequenting the area with helicopter incursions almost every year.
Chumar had become a flash point during the fortnight long stand-off last year in Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) as the Chinese side had objected to overhead bunkers erected by the Indian side.

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