These troops reportedly camped with arms despite India and China’s agreement to keep the area demilitarised.
The incident had actually taken place on 19 July when a team led by Chamoli district magistrate and other officials from Indo-Tibetan Border Police force (ITBP) went for a survey of Bara Hoti, according to official sources.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat termed the development as “something to worry about”. The Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that ITBP had been asked to look into the matter.
Bara Hoti, writes Namita Singh for Firstpost, which is spread across 80 sq.km in Chamoli, is a disputed territory between India and China. However, this is not the first time that Chinese troops have infiltrated the border.
In the above mentioned piece, Vijay Bahuguna, the former chief minister of Uttarakhand, cited 37 instances of transgression that had been noted in the area between 2007 and 2011.
Meanwhile, a Telegraph report, said that the Bara Hoti grounds have been in dispute since 1954 and one reason for that is because of the difference in the heights of the ridge lines (over 15,000 feet) that surround these grounds.
Terming it as “temporary transgression”, around 250 soldiers belonging to China’s Peoples Liberation Army entered Arunachal Pradesh’s east district of Kameng on 9 July, 2013. This happened at a time when Beijing was staunchly opposed to India’s bid for the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership. Earlier in April that year, Manohar Parrikar visited China and discussed issues of strategy and the implementation of agreements to reduce tensions.
In June 2016, a scuffle broke out between the soldiers of the Indian Army and Peoples Liberation Army (PLA), when 276 Chinese personnel entered India from four different border points in Arunachal Pradesh. The incident took place at ‘Shankar Tikri’ on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) of the Yangtse area in Arunachal Pradesh, with the PLA claiming.