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Chinese Intrusion in Ladakh increased in the wake of China's Defence Minister's India visit - India must raise the issue with Chinese and strongly oppose it as an unfriendly attitude - allow Indian Forces to thwart Chinese adventurism - after Coalgate Govt. silence on Chinese intrusion baffling

- Tarun Vijay, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha,
National Spokesperson, BJP

3rd September, New Delhi - The Chinese intrusion in Ladakh region has increased manifold just before the India visit of Chinese Defence Minister.

India's Defence Ministry must take up this issue strongly with the visiting Chinese Defence Minister and ensure such intrusions are stopped immediately. So much has been the pressure of Chinese Armed Forces on Indian border villages that first time tricolor was not allowed to be unfurled at Demchhok, near LAC.

I have just returned from my tour of Jammu & Kashmir and met a delegation of Ladakhi people who complained that for the first time Indian tricolor was not allowed to be hoisted at Demchhok, near line of actual control where every year Independence Day is celebrated. Instead villagers were asked to unfurl tricolor in a hall near ITBP post, at a distance from LAC.

Chinese Army Personnel have also forced development work stopped in border village Koyul in Leh. The surprising silence of Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Defence in this regard is mysterious. In a communication to Divisional Commissioner, Srinagar (Kashmir) the Deputy Commissioner of Leh wrote on 22nd August, 2012, '….work is being executed on the bonafide Indian side and the Chinese have no locus standi on the land which belongs to the people of Koyul. Besides, large chunk of un-irrigated land to the tune of 400 hectares could be converted into pasture area as most of the nomads are dependent on their live-stocks and their main earning is by sale of raw Pashmina wools'. The letter to Divisional Commissioner Srinagar by DC Leh clearly mentions, 'The contractors and the labourers have been reportedly threatened by the Chinese security personnel numbering 15-16 on 12th July, 2012. These Chinese personnel were reportedly carrying weapons with them and asked them to abandon the civil works in progress, although it was an ongoing scheme under BADP. '

The DC had further requested Government, 'in order to resolve this contagious issue the matter needs to be taken up with the External Affairs Ministry and also with Ministry of Home as the people are strongly showing their resentment for unnecessary harassment and stoppage of the developmental work……The work is being executed on the bonafide Indian side and the Chinese have no locus standi on the land which belongs to the people of Koyul.

In another letter by the Deputy Commissioner of Leh on 22nd August, 2012 sent to the DIG, ITBP (Force), it is stated that, 'it has been reported by the Executive Engineer that the I & FC Division Leh that the Chinese have threatened to stop the work forthwith otherwise face the consequences….."Since the ITBP is supposed to give protection to the border villages from any such interference from across the border, you are requested to give all necessary assistance in ensuring full protection to the executing agencies in implementing an important project under BADP scheme and to ensure speedy completion of the ongoing working so as to build confidence among the border villages".

BJP demands immediate protection to the border villages of Ladakh and make sure any illegal move by the Chinese is thwarted appropriately, and if needed use of force be permitted.

The matter has been extensively reported by Mr. Mohinder Verma, Special Correspondent of Jammu based daily Excelsior and it goes to their credit to bring the matter to the notice of common people.

(Ram Kripal Sinha)

BJP Parliamentary Office

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