China has prevented the Indian Army from accessing 26 points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, leading to the loss of large areas of grazing land used by local residents. According to the Superintendent of Police in Leh, PD Nitya, the security forces no longer have access to 26 out of 65 patrol points. At present, there are 65 PPs (patrolling points) starting from Karakoram Pass to Chumur which are to be patrolled regularly by the forces. Out of 65 PPs, our presence is lost in 26 PPs due to restrictive or no patrolling by the forces,” reads a report prepared by the Leh police.
The Leh police have reported that out of 65 patrolling points (PPs) from Karakoram Pass to Chumur, the Indian forces have lost access to 26 due to restrictions or lack of patrolling. The police report also stated that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is using a tactic called “salami slicing” to gradually take over land inch by inch. This information was presented at the annual conference of Directors General of Police (DGPs) last week, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval in New Delhi.
According to the report from Leh police, during the India-China border talks, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) exploited “buffer zones” established during the de-escalation talks by positioning their advanced cameras on the highest peaks and monitoring the movement of Indian forces. The report also claims that the PLA is now objecting to the movement of Indian forces in these buffer zones.
Source: The Tribune