India blames China of putting up another tent in Ladakh


Chinese troops have erected an additional tent in the Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector raising the number of such structures in the area to five, according to Indian media reports.

According to latest reports from the area, the Chinese troops have also deployed Molosser dogs 70 km south of Burtse in Ladakh division. The reports claim that the Chinese have increased the number of tents to five.

A banner hoisted outside the camp reads in English “you are in Chinese side”. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) personnel also maintain a round-the-clock vigil along with the Molosser dogs which are considered best for keeping a watch in these high-altitude areas, official sources said.

While their own officers were armed with Chinese Makarovs, the PLA soldiers had a variant of AK series of assault rifles, Indian officials said.

According to a detailed report, the additional tent has come up after three failed Flag meetings between Indian and Chinese Armies at Chashul.

The report said aggressive patrolling by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) had managed to push back intruding Chinese troops by at least nine km before they settled down at the present location which is nearly 18 km inside Indian territory in the DBO Sector. The sector is at an altitude of 17,000 feet.

According to a report submitted to the Indian Ministry of Home and Defence, the incursion was detected by the ITBP on the intervening night of April 15 and 16. A Quick Reaction Team was sent in which not only prevented the Chinese PLA personnel from further progressing in the area but also pushed them back across the Rakhi Nallah.