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Wave of Chinese 'Incursions' in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli Last Week

Sources said 12 to 15 soldiers crossed over into the Indian side on July 24, then on the next day and then again on July 26. The latest incursion came on July 30.

Shreya Dhoundial | CNN-News18

Updated:August 1, 2017, 7:57 AM IST
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Wave of Chinese 'Incursions' in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli Last Week
The Indian and Chinese armies had engaged in a standoff over Doklam last year. (Representative image/Getty Images)

New Delhi: There has been a wave of incursions since July 24 by the Chinese army into Indian territory in the Barahoti area of Chamoli, Uttarakhand, sources have told CNN-News18.

Sources said 12 to 15 soldiers crossed over into the Indian side on July 24, then on the next day and again on July 26, which was the day National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval arrived in China for the BRICS meet of national security advisors.

People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops came 800 metres into the Chamoli area of Uttarakhand, according to available information, and had a verbal showdown with the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). They left after two hours.

The latest incursion, at the time of reporting this, came on July 30 around 9 am.

Uttarakhand shares a 350km border with China and incursions are so regular that the local administration dismisses them as routine. China does not recognise the McMohan Line that marks the boundary between both countries, and these incursions are their way of marking what they perceive is their territory.

The latest wave of Chinese incursions in Chamoli assume significance because of the Himalayan Standoff in Doklam which has been on for more than 45 days.

The Indian Army on its part has denied any "intrusion" saying "transgressions happen in the area due to differing perceptions of LAC.

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| Edited by: Aakarshuk Sarna
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