'Army downplays Chinese move to build road crossing LAC'
Posted on: 07:52 AM IST May 27, 2013
New Delhi: The Chinese have constructed a 5km road through the Line of Actual control but Indian Army sources have dismissed these reports saying the road is well within the Chinese area known as Siri Jap.
This comes a month after the face off in the Raki Nulla area between Indian and Chinese troops. The incident took place near Finger-VIII area, also known as Siri Jap, on May 17, two days before Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang arrived in New Delhi after it was announced that the stand-off resulting from a 19-kilometre deep Chinese intrusion had ended.
It was claimed that the intruding Chinese troops had gone back to their previous positions. While the Udhampur-based Army spokesperson refused to comment on the incident, official sources said there was a brief stand-off at the Finger-VIII area after which army patrol returned without proceeding to the LAC.
The sources said that after the incident all patrols were stopped by the Ladakh-based 14 corps including the one proposed to be sent in Depsang plain, where Chinese Army had pitched tents for nearly three weeks beginning from April 15. China has managed to construct a road upto Finger IV area which also falls under Siri Jap area and is five km deep into the LAC, the sources said.
(With Additional Inputs From PTI)