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Did India agree to demolish bunkers for Chinese troop withdrawal?

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 10:29

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The Indian government may have denied any deal behind the Chinese troops` withdrawal from the Depsang Valley in Ladakh, but reports said New Delhi has agreed to remove bunkers set up by the Indian Army in Chumar near the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The concession of demolishing bunkers at Chumar only facilitated the deal that led to the Chinese troops pulling back to their pre-April 15 position, highly placed sources said.

The bunkers were built close to the LAC to monitor the Karakoram highway. However, the Chinese were not happy with the `permanent structures` and had demanded their removal.

China is also reported to be unhappy with the re-activation of advanced landing grounds (ALGS) at Daulat Beg Oldie, Fukche and Nyoma and construction of other infrastructure along the LAC over the past four to five years.

The government had yesterday dismissed speculation of any "deal" while resolving the situation. Government sources said the two sides have only agreed to sit and talk about the peace and tranquillity along the LAC while restoring to the status quo in the sector.

China, meanwhile, stopped short of acknowledging that its troops, which had intruded 19 kilometres into Indian territory, were going back to position prior to April 15 but said the "standoff incident" has been resolved through "fruitful consultations".

First Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 09:29

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