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Indian, Chinese troops were in face-to-face in Chumar, Ladakh

Indian and Chinese troops were in a ‘face-to-face’ situation in Chumar area of Ladakh after Chinese had ‘transgressed’ into Indian territory on June 17 and removed surveillance camera which were subsequently returned, officials admitted here on Thursday.

Observing that there were some ‘sensitivities’ involved on Chinese side given the strategic advantage to India in Chumar, official sources said ‘the Chinese patrol did transgress and there was a face-to-face with the Indian patrol......after which the Chinese patrol went back to their normal bases.’

The intrusion took place on 17 June when the troops of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) entered Indian territory in Chumar sector and started vandalising the observation bunkers besides cutting the wires which overlook the Chinese territory.

Chumar, located 300km from here, has always been an area of discomfort for Chinese troops as this is the only area along the Sino-Indian border where they do not have any direct access to the Line of Actual Control(LAC).

The 21-day face-off between the two sides in the remote Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector on 15 April was triggered by construction of an observation tower in Chumar division which had to be subsequently dismantled by the Army on 5 May before the crisis was defused.

The Chinese side, according to the minutes of the flag meetings in the last week of March this year, had been objecting to the construction of the watch tower along the LAC in Chumar.
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