Lok Sabha

July 28, 2016

Saugata Roy speaks in LS on Chinese incursion in Uttarakhand

Saugata Roy speaks in LS on Chinese incursion in Uttarakhand

Madam, the Chinese troops were active in the Bara Hoti area of Chamoli District, Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand Chief Minister on Wednesday confirmed that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had transgressed the area earlier this month. The transgression came to light when Chamoli district officers had gone to Bara Hoti on July 19 to collect data on landholding. They noticed Chinese troops on the ground while a helicopter even hovered over the area five minutes before returning to their side.

According to Home Ministry officials the PLA troops told the officials to go back as the area belonged to them. They told the Indian team that they recognized the area as ‘uje’. The official said Chinese helicopter could have carried out a real photography of Bara Hoti. The PLA troops however did not cross the canal in Bara Hoti that has become the unofficial demarcation line between India and China.

Uttarakhand shares a 350 km boundary with China. And this instance is not the first incident of transgression by China. The Central Government should take immediate steps to counter Chinese aggression and transgression into our land. And we expect a statement from the Home Minister or the Defense Minister on this issue.