Indo-China border tensions refuse to be resolved, as around 40 soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were seen patrolling the area along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) near Barahoti area in Uttarakhand, reports said on Wednesday. The Indian Army is reportedly on high alert after the development; China has increased patrolling in the area after a gap of over six months.
China claims Barahoti as its own territory. Meanwhile, Indian troops are already stationed there as India and China have been locked in a border standoff since last May. With this new development, India has reportedly deployed additional troops in the area. Stating that India’s operational preparedness is high, a source told India Today, “Chinese troops were constantly monitored in the area during their stay.”
An increase in Chinese activity was also spotted at its airbase near Barahoti where a large number of drones and helicopters have been operating, reports said. The Indian Air Force has also activated a few airbases in the area including the Chinyalisaur advanced landing ground where AN-32 aircraft and Chinook heavy-lift helicopters are operational to carry out troop transfer whenever required.
Tension is brewing in the central sector, which includes areas along the LAC in Uttarakhand, as India and China are yet to achieve complete military disengagement. Except for Pangong Tso, China has refused to withdraw troops from the remaining friction points.
Recently, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Central Army Commander Lt-General Y Dimri reviewed the security situation in the central sector.