Defence Ministry report admits Chinese intrusion in Ladakh; Rahul Gandhi asks why is PM Modi lying

Rahul Gandhi tweeted a report which has claimed that a Ministry of Defence document has admitted to Chinese transgression in eastern Ladakh in May.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused the Prime Minister of lying on India’s border standoff issue with China after the Ministry of Defence officially acknowledged that Chinese soldiers intruded into Indian territory in eastern Ladakh in May.

Quoting a news report as per which the Ministry of Defence has officialy admitted to Chinese transgression in Ladakh, Rahul Gandhi asked on Twitter, “Why is the PM lying?”

The Ministry of Defence document, uploaded on the ministry’s website, acknowledges that the Chinese intruded into the Indian territory in Ladakh in May, stated a report in The Times of India.

As per the MoD report, the Chinese intrusion in Ladakh in May took place much before the deadly clashes in Galwan on June 15. Twenty Indian Army soldiers had died in violent clashes in Galwan Valley.

“The Chinese side transgressed in the areas of Kugrang Nala (near Patrolling Point-15, north of Hot Springs), Gogra (PP-17A) and north bank of Pangong Tso on May 17-18,” the document on the defence ministry’s website was quoted by the daily.

The defence ministry has used the word ‘transgressed’ as a euphemism for ‘intrusion’ across the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The Defence Ministry report added that the the stand-off with China could be prolonged and the evolving situation may need prompt action.

The MoD document has come amid the ongoing deadlock between India and China in Pangong Tso. Even after the fifth round of Corps Commander-level talks, disengagement between Indian and Chinese troops has not been satisfactory at Pangong Lake and Depsang.

TRANSGRESSION LED TO MILITARY AND DIPLOMATIC TENSIONS

The transgressions created military and diplomatic tensions which was followed by hectic rounds of negotiations after which the Chinese troops withdrew.

The formal process of disengagement of troops began on July 6, a day after a nearly two-hour telephonic conversation between NSA Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on ways to bring down tension in the face-off points.

While the Chinese army pulled back from Galwan Valley and certain other areas, but the withdrawal of troops has not moved forward from the Finger Four and Eight in Pangong Tso as demanded by India.

China also has not completed withdrawal of troops from Gogra areas.

Source: India Today

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