08 Sep 2020
LAC: Amid brewing tensions, China claims Indian Army fired shots
Written byShalini OjhaWorld
In a new development that is sure to heighten tensions at the already volatile Line of Actual Control (LAC), China claimed that Indian soldiers fired warning shots at the Southern bank of Pangong Lake.
Beijing also added that it took "countermeasures to stabilize the situation on the ground," without shedding much light on what it did.
Meanwhile, the Indian side hasn't commented yet.
Indian Army pushed up regional tensions, claimed China
According to Colonel Zhang Shuili, the spokesperson for People's Liberation Army Western Theatre Command, Indian troops "crossed the line and entered Bangong Hunan, the western section of the Sino-Indian border."
By doing so, Shuili said, the Indian Army violated relevant agreements "pushing up regional tensions, and easily causing misunderstandings and misjudgments."
The officer called the latest development "serious military provocations of very bad nature."
PLA asked Indian side to restrain its frontline troops
Further, Shuili called upon the "the Indian side to immediately stop dangerous actions, immediately withdraw cross-line personnel, strictly restrain frontline troops, and strictly investigate and punish personnel who fired shots to ensure that similar incidents do not occur again."
Last month, China attempted to change status quo
China's allegations come days after India disclosed details of PLA's transgressions.
New Delhi said PLA soldiers unsuccessfully attempted to change the status quo at the Southern bank of Pangong Tso on the intervening night of August 29 and 30.
Giving a stern message to China, India added that while it wants peaceful resolution through talks, it will defend sovereignty with all its might.
China's aggressive actions continued, India responded adequately, occupied strategic points
After PLA continued its misadventures, the Indian Army moved swiftly, occupying strategic points at the Southern Bank of Pangong Tso and Rechin La.
This assumes significance as Indian troops can now oversee China's Moldo garrison and thwart intrusion attempts through the Spanggur Gap.
Satellite visuals showed Indian soldiers are stationed atop the Shepao Mountain, where the alleged firing took place, reports India Today.
The last time shots were fired was in 1975
The border agreements between India and China prohibit the use of firearms, making the latest development unprecedented.
The last time shots were fired between the nuclear-armed neighbors was in 1975 at the Tulung La area of Arunachal Pradesh.
As per India Today, warning shots were also exchanged on August 31 when Chinese soldiers tried evicting Indian troops from strategic points of south Pangong.
20 Indian soldiers were martyred in June's violent face-off
To recall, India and China have been at loggerheads since April-May, when Beijing saw New Delhi's infrastructure push at LAC as "trespassing."
The tensions peaked on June 15 when PLA soldiers attacked Indian troops at Galwan Valley.
In the violent episode, 20 Indian soldiers were martyred. An equal number of Chinese personnel also died, but Beijing didn't acknowledge its casualties.