New Delhi: Reacting strongly to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) claims, Indian Army on Tuesday asserted that no stage had its soldiers transgressed across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) or resorted to any aggressive means, including firing. Also Read - Schools Reopening From Monday: What is Partial Resumption? Is There Any Compulsion to Attend Classes? FAQs Answered
“While India is committed to disengagement & de-escalating situation on the LAC, China continues to undertake provocative activities to escalate”, the Indian Army said in a statement, adding that it is the PLA that has been blatantly violating agreements and carrying out aggressive manoeuvres. Also Read - Coronavirus Creates Havoc: 3 MPs, 6 MLAs And Former President Among COVID's VVIP Victims
Clarifying its stance further, the Army said that despite grave provocation, soldiers exercised great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner. Also Read - COVID-19: With Spike of Over 92,000 Cases, India's Tally Surpasses 54 Lakh-mark; Recovery Rate Nears 80% | Key Points
“In the instant case on 07 September, it was China’s PLA troops who were attempting to close-in with one of our forward positions along the LAC & when dissuaded by own troops, PLA troops fired a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate own troops”, the Indian Army stated.
“We are committed to maintaining peace & tranquility, however are also determined to protect national integrity & sovereignty at all costs”, it added.
This comes after the People’s Liberation Army alleged that Indian soldiers “illegally crossed” the LAC and accordingly Chinese troops were forced to take “countermeasures” to stabilise the situation.
“Indian troops crossed the LAC at the west section of the China-India border, into the Shenpao mountain region near the south bank of Pangong Tso Lake,” the Global Times reported quoting senior Colonel Zhang Shuili, a spokesperson of the PLAwestern command theatre.