Indian Army Chief in Ladakh tomorrow, to take stock of security

Indian Army Chief in Ladakh tomorrow, to take stock of security

The stone-throwing occurred on India's Independence Day when in practice Border Personnel Meetings (BPM) take place at five points across the LAC and candies are exchanged between Indian and Chinese forces.

Army chief General Bipin Rawat will be visiting Ladakh on a three-day trip starting Sunday and is expected to review troop deployment and ground situation in the wake of the recent clash between Indian and Chinese troops near Pangong Lake.

The pelting of stones took place when the two sides were retreating after a face-off at Finger Four and Finger Five near Pangong Lake on August 15. One-third of the 135-km-long Pangong Lake is on the Indian side and the rest on the Chinese side.

The government had on Friday refused to comment on reports of scuffle and stone-pelting between the troops. Media sources said that the Chinese side had taken an aggressive stand at the meeting and even sought to blame the Indian troops for Tuesday's skirmishes.

Chinese troops had managed to enter upto Finger Four area in the region from where they were sent back. India and China frequently accuse each other of intrusions into each other's territories, but violence of any sort is rare.

India yesterday said it would continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Doklam standoff, asserting that peace and tranquility on the border was an important pre-requisite for smooth bilateral relationship. The standoff has been ongoing for more than 50 days after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from constructing a road in the area.

Some of the Chinese soldiers carried iron rods and stones, and in the melee there were minor injuries on both sides, Reuters quoting sources in New Delhi said.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hu Chunying said, "I am not aware of the information".