Army denies reports of detention of Indian soldiers by China

Army denies reports of detention of Indian soldiers by China

Agency News

New Delhi, May 24 : Denying the reports of detention of Indian troop by Chinese Army, Indian Army on Sunday issued a formal denial on the issue. On Saturday, the Army had termed the media reports about detention of an Indian troop as “inaccurate”.

Amid tensions simmering in Ladakh at four places at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), an Indian Army Spokesperson said, “There has been no detention of Indian soldiers at the borders. We categorically deny this. It only hurts national interests when media outlets publish unsubstantiated news.” This comes after it was reported that Indian troops were held back briefly with weapons seized by the Chinese in Pangong Tso, a lake in the eastern Ladakh region at the Line of Actual Control where a scuffle took place on May 5 and 6.

The area has been tense since then with China enhancing its patrol boats in the lake that is under dispute. Other than Pangong Tso, there are three other spots where the Chinese have done a troop build up, pitched tents, brought in heavy vehicles and machinery to enhance their fortifications across the Galwan valley in the Akshai Chin region.

Other than Pangong Tso, which is extremely sensitive, the other places that are volatile in wake of the recent escalation are Trig Heights, Demchok and Chumar in Ladakh which forms western sector of the India-China frontier. (UNI)