Uttarakhand Chief Minister confirms Chinese incursion

27 Jul 2016 | Written by Mansi Motwani; Edited by Gaurav
India, China and the Line of Actual Control

Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat confirmed reports of an incursion by Chinese troops in the Chamoli district of the state.

Harish Rawat said, "The good thing is that they (Chinese) have not touched an important canal there."

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) reported to the Ministry of Home Affairs about the incursion by Chinese forces on 19th July, 2016.

In context: India, China and the Line of Actual Control

BackgroundLine of Actual Control

The Line of Actual Control separates Indian-held lands from Chinese-controlled territory.

Including the disputed MacMohan Line, the Sino-Indian border is 4,056 kms long passing through 5 Indian states: Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

The MacMohan Line in the east divides a small, undisputed section between both countries.

"LAC" acquired legal recognition in Sino-Indian agreements in 1993 and 1996.

19 Jul 2016Chinese troops camping in Chamoli with arms

Violating the border, Chinese troops were spotted camping with arms in Uttarakhand's demilitarized international stretch along Barahoti.

Vinod Suman, District Magistrate of Chamoli, led a team of officials to Barahoti to measure the revenue line on 19th July, 2016.

Appearing out of the mist, the Chinese soldiers claimed that it was their land and signalled the Indian team to go back.

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Official Report

Vinod Suman, the Chamoli District Magistrate who led the team, confirmed that an official report on the visit had been filed. "I can't divulge details," he said, "it is highly confidential."

27 Jul 2016Uttarakhand Chief Minister confirms Chinese incursion

Increased Vigilance

"This is a matter of concern. Our border has been peaceful. We have asked to increase vigilance. I believe the Government will take necessary cognizance and the information is absolutely correct," said CM Harish Rawat.
19th July not the first of its kind

Previous Instances19th July not the first of its kind

In July 2013, Vijay Bahuguna, the then Chief Minister of Uttarakhand addressed the issue of Chinese violation of international borders.

At a Chief Ministers' meet on internal security held in Delhi, he tabled a report stating that the Chinese trespassed Indian territory 37 times between 2007-2012.

Reports of incursions at Barahoti by the Chinese troops also surfaced in the year 2014.

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Fight over temple

The Parvati Kund Lake in the pastoral land beyond Barahoti has a small Goddess Kali temple with a Shivalay by it. These two shrines are repeatedly demolished by the Chinese and rebuilt by Indians.

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar stated that since the LAC was improperly demarcated by both parties, such transgressions occur from time to time.

He added that India would raise the issue with China at the next flag meeting.

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The proximity to the Sino-Indian border may provoke a response from China.

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