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China grabbing land in inches with help of its nomads: BJP

Last Updated: Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 22:23

Leh: In the wake of reports of Chinese
incursions in the Ladakh region, the BJP deputed a delegation
of its national leaders for an on-the-spot survey after which
they demanded that Government stop the practice of issuing
inner line permits but open up the area to tourism to defeat
the "Chinese design of grabbing the land by inches".

The five-member delegation headed by former Uttrakhand
Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, party spokesperson
Rajeev Pratap Rudy and former J and K state chief Nirmal Singh
visited this area and bordering areas of Nyoma and Demchok,
300 kilometres from southeast of this Himalayan town.

"We have come here to ascertain reports about the
Chinese incursion and what we have found is shocking...," Rudy
said here.

This is the first national-level political delegation to
visit the far flung areas of this Himalayan town.

"The most shocking and frightful site was when we met
those nomads and Ladakhi people. They are craving for every
inch of land which they see has been encroached since 1962.

"The most stunning revelation was that most of the
incursion that has taken place from 1965 to 1995 and the
Chinese army had come and established posts," said Rudy, who
will be submitting a report to Party President Nitin Gadkari.

Though the Chinese incursions have been taking place for
last five years, they have not set up any posts. "But the
major damage has been done between 1965-95," he said.

After the briefing by Army`s Leh-based 14 Corps
Commander Lt Gen S K Singh and other officials, Rudy said the
latest strategy that Chinese have developed is that they have
pushed their nomads and grazers into Indian territory.

"They are fighting a war through nomads and grazers.
There are no conflict zones or day-to-day confrontation with
armed forces but they are fighting the battle through nomads
on grazing pastures...they are pushing nomads here and there.

"Its all about pasture land and gazers and they stand
solidly behind these nomads....so they are inching through
grazing land," he said.

It may be mentioned that an official report last year of
the state government had said "they (Chinese) have threatened
the nomadic people who had been using Dokbug area (in Ladakh
sector) area for grazing since decades long, in a way to
snatch our land in inches.

"A Chinese proverb is famous in the world better do in
inches than in yards," a report filed by a former Sub
Divisional Magistrate (Nyoma) Tsering Norboo had said.

Norboo was deputed by the state government to probe
complaints of incursion of the Chinese Army in Dokbug area and
threats to the local shepherds to leave the land as it
belonged to them. The area has been used by the shepherds to
graze their livestock it is warmer compared to other parts of
Ladakh.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 22:23
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