Construction in restricted area reason for `intrusion`: Army chief

Against the backdrop of fresh Chinese incursion in Demchok in Ladakh, Army chief V K Singh Monday said the area where the incident took place was out of bounds for any construction work.

Last Updated: Jan 10, 2011, 16:06 PM IST

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of fresh
Chinese incursion in Demchok in Ladakh, Army chief VK Singh Monday said the area where the incident took place was out of bounds for any construction work but "unfortunately" such
activities were being pushed by "some people" for local gains.

Singh said the "so-called" intrusions take place due to
perceptional differences about the Line of Actual Control
(LAC) between India and China, an issue which is being
addressed by the two countries through discussion.

Chinese troops, in September-October last year, had
entered Gombir area in Demchok region in Jammu and Kashmir and
threatened the civilian workers building a shed as per plans
cleared by the state rural development department.

Singh said the Army and the Ministry of External Affairs
had advised all people concerned not to rush through matters
and wait till the boundary issue was resolved by China and
India.

"In this particular case, the so called T Point which is
being mentioned is an area (which the) Chinese over a period
of time have felt, that the LAC passes through that area and
the Army and the Ministry of External Affair`s advise to all
the people concerned, has been instead of putting this problem
to our head, let us wait till it is resolved," he said.

"Unfortunately, some people for various local gains have
pushed construction activity in that area," the General said.

Singh said the Chinese side believed that the LAC passes
through the area in question.
"So, obviously somebody (who) has got a perception that
the border passes through a particular area is going to come
and stop, like we would do if it was our perception," he said.

Singh said he did not view the incident, which took place
about two months back, as an alarming development.
"I only see it as a problem of perception. We patrol upto
our perception of the LAC which is further east of this and
the Chinese come to the LAC as perceived by them," he said.

"When they do that and it is beyond our line, it is
called transgression. I am quite sure on the Chinese side also
they would call it a transgression when our patrols go upto
our line of perception," Singh said.

PTI