Chinese copters entered Indian air space: Report

Last Updated: Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 23:42

Leh (J&K): Two Chinese helicopters have reportedly violated the Indian air space in recent months in Leh area of north Jammu and Kashmir during which they air-dropped some canned food in barren land at Chumar, northeast of this Himalayan town, along the border.

The MI series helicopters were reported to the nearby defence post by residents of this high altitude area living
along the Pangong lake, located in the lap of majestic hills,
prompting the Army Aviation Corps to rush its Cheetah and
Chetak helicopters.

However, they could only find tell-tale signs left by
Chinese helicopters which hovered in the Indian territory for
nearly five minutes dropping the food material on June 21 this
year, sources said.

When contacted, Army spokesperson for Udhampur-based
Northern Command said that “there was a report of a
helicopter flying in the area south of Chumar, where India and
China have differences in perception on the Line of Actual
Control. It was reported by grazers.”

A confidential defence document shows
that Chinese helicopters entered into Indian air space along
Damchok area and Trig Heights in Ladakh and air dropped canned
food containing frozen pork and brinjal, which had passed the
expiry date.

Chinese People’s Liberation Army has been crossing over
into the Indian side in this region quite frequently with
August reporting the maximum number of incursions.

Trig Heights also known as Trade junction, which
connected Ladakh with Tibet in earlier days, is an area where
Chinese patrol have frequented this year in June, July and
August.

Chinese Army patrols have made 26 sorties in June,
including two incursions by helicopters, and 21 in July.

In August this year, Chinese patrols have entered into
the Indian territory 26 times and walked away with Petrol and
kerosene meant for jawans of the border guarding forces. The
Chinese army had made 223 attempts last year and left
tell-tale signs.

The Army spokesperson, however, tried to downplay these
incursions attempts saying "there are a few areas along the
border where India and China have different perceptions of the
LAC. Both sides patrol upto their respective perceptions of
LAC."

"Due to perceived differences in the alignment of LAC,
the Chinese patrol does transgress beyond our perception of
the LAC in a few areas. The pattern of transgressions has
remained similar over a long period of time," the spokesperson
said.

Bureau Report



First Published: Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 23:42

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