Trying to avoid escalation: Army
General Bikram Singh Concludes JK Visit
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Apr 24: With the reports pouring in that more troops would likely to be sent Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) area in Ladakh region, Army Wednesday said they have asked to Ministry of External Affairs to arrange meeting with China so that matter is resolved amicably.
A platoon-strength contingent of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) have reportedly came some kms inside the Indian territory in Burthe in DBO sector, which is at an altitude of about 17,000 feet. The incursion, according to army sources, took place on the night of April 15 when PLA troops established a tented post there.
Speaking to Greater Kashmir a senior Army officer of Udhampur based Northern- Command that India has asked for more meetings between the two sides to resolve the issue and avoid escalation of the situation. “Nobody will comment on the issue of sending of additional troops to DBO sector,” he said.
However, sources in Army said that one more Infantry Battalion from Ladakh based 14 Corps would be sent to area soon. “Yet the troops have not been sent. Before sending them troops would be advised not to enter in any confrontation with PLA,” sources said. “Presently ITBP troops are camping there and are monitoring the development.”
Earlier, Army had sent a team of Ladakh Scouts to the DBO sector, manned by the troops of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) soon after it was discovered that the Chinese troops had set up a camp there.
“We have requested Ministry of Defence (MOD) to take up the matter of more meetings with Ministry of External Affairs (MEA),” the officer said adding that they can’t arrange the meetings on their own. “Everybody favors the settlement of issue amicably.”
He said that earlier to sort out the issue, a meeting was held at brigadier-level officers from both the sides in Chushul sector of Ladakh. “We asked the Chinese side to withdraw from DBO and revert to the status quo,” the officer said. “A day ago in another meeting Chinese side was again asked to revert to the status quo position,” he said.
ARMY CHIEF CONCLUDES JK VISIT
Meanwhile, Army Chief General Bikram Singh Wednesday concluded his two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
Before leaving for New Delhi, Singh visited security formations in Doda sector and Akhnoor. He was briefed on the security scenario by respective General Officers Commanding at the Rashtriya Rifles camps at Dharmund and Sila as part of his visit to formations under the Nagrota-based 16 Corps today, a Defence spokesperson said.
The Army Chief also visited the Division Headquarters in Akhnoor in Jammu district. He was accompanied by GOC-in-C of Northern Command Lt Gen. KT Parnaik and GOC 16 Corps, Lt Gen BS Hooda.
During his two-day visit to JK, Gen Singh held discussions with formation commanders and also interacted with soldiers deployed along the Line of Control and those involved in counter-insurgency operations.
Interacting with the soldiers, he praised them for their selfless sacrifice in ensuring the sanctity of the country's frontiers and in facilitating return of normalcy in JK.
Gen. Singh had Tuesday briefed JK Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah about the Chinese incursion in Ladakh region and the situation arising out of it.
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