Local people forced a group of Chinese soldiers to retreat after they crossed the Indian border to enter Ladakh’s Changthang village to the east of Leh via two vehicles on 20 December. Changthang, located at an altitude of 14,600 m above sea level in Rushpo Valley, is mostly inhabited by Tibetan refugees and Changpa nomads.
The Chinese soldiers wearing civilian clothes were reportedly stopping the local nomads from allowing their cattle to graze in the area. The local residents had informed the ITBP personnel, who swung in action to confront them.
ITBP officials refused to speak about the incident. The officers deputed in Leh kept their cell phones switched off. However, the video regarding the incident, which clearly shows the incursion by the Chinese soldiers into Indian territory, has gone viral after it was filmed by the locals there.
A video of the incident, showing two Chinese vehicles with their soldiers in civilian clothes along with other campaigning material entering Changthang village, reached the residents on 20 December and has gone viral.
Chinese transgression now 8-month old
Meanwhile, India and China are engaged in a military confrontation eastern Ladakh for eight months now at Pangong Tso, Chushul, Gogra-Hotsprings and along the Line of Actual Control. Situation witnessed in the last six months along the LoAC has been a result of the actions of Chinese side which has sought to effect a unilateral change in status quo along the border in Eastern Ladakh, the MEA said a few days ago.
“We’ve taken note of the Chinese side’s statement that it observes strictly agreements between two sides and is committed to resolving border issue through dialogue and safeguarding peace and tranquillity in border areas. We expect that the Chinese side will match its words with actions,” the MEA said.
Earlier, a Chinese soldier who had “strayed” into India was found carrying a sleeping bag, a storage device, mobile phone and his military identity card. After his capture, the PLA soldier told Indian agencies that he had crossed the disputed border to retrieve a yak that had strayed into Indian territory.