New Delhi, September 9, 2020: The situation in the Eastern Ladakh continues to remain tense as a scathing statement by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) lays bare the extent of Chinese treachery.
MoD in a statement issued late on September 8th said that India, while is committed to disengagement and de-escalating the situation on the LAC, China continues to undertake provocative activities to escalate.
It also denied that at no stage has the Indian Army transgressed across the LAC or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including firing.
India also accused China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) of blatantly violating agreements and carrying out aggressive maneuvers, while engagement at the military, diplomatic and political level is in progress.
In the instant case on 07 September 2020, it was the PLA troops who were attempting to close-in with one of our forward positions along the LAC and when dissuaded by own troops, PLA troops fired a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate own troops. However, despite the grave provocation, own troops exercised great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner, the MoD’s statement said yesterday.
Further, it said that the Indian Army is committed to maintaining peace and tranquility, however, is also determined to protect national integrity and sovereignty at all costs. The statement by the Western Theatre Command is an attempt to mislead their domestic and international audience.
Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Kiren Rijiju said that China’s PLA has responded to the hotline message sent by the Indian Army. The PLA has confirmed that the five missing youths from Arunachal Pradesh have been found by their side. Further modalities to handover the persons to our authority are being worked out.
China's PLA has responded to the hotline message sent by Indian Army. They have confirmed that the missing youths from Arunachal Pradesh have been found by their side. Further modalities to handover the persons to our authority is being worked out.
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) September 8, 2020
Case of Missing Indians:
The five civilians from the Tagin tribe had gone missing on Friday from the Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. They were working as porters and guides for the Indian Army and were a part seven-member group but went missing reportedly from Sera-7 on the Indian side of the McMohan line bifurcating Arunachal Pradesh and Tibet Autonomous Region of China.
Two other men who were with the missing people managed to ‘flee.’ More details are expected from the Indian Government’s side in this case.
The Indian Army extended a helping hand to three Chinese citizens who lost their way in the Plateau area of North Sikkim at an altitude of 17,500 feet on 03 September 2020.
Realizing the danger to the lives of the Chinese citizens which included two men and one woman in sub-zero temperatures, the soldiers of the Indian Army immediately reached out and provided medical assistance including oxygen, food, and warm clothes to protect them from the vagaries of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions.
The Indian troops also gave them appropriate guidance to reach their destination after which they moved back.
Indian Army even returned over 13 Yaks and four Calves that strayed across the LAC on 31 Aug 20 in East Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh to China on 07 Sep 20. let us see if China has moral aptitude and the strength to match India when it comes to compassionate and humane gestures.