September 9, 2020

Chinese troops tried to come close to forward positions, fired few rounds in air, says Army

New Delhi: The Army on Tuesday said that situation once again turned volatile in Eastern Ladakh when PLA troops tried to close-in forward positions on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and fired a few rounds to intimidate Indian soldiers.
The Army said that despite the grave provocation, the troops exercised great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner.
In a statement issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB), the Army said that India is committed to disengagement and de-escalating the situation on the LAC, China continues to undertake provocative activities to escalate.
“At no stage has the Indian Army transgressed across the LAC or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including firing,” the statement said, adding that it is the PLA that has been blatantly violating agreements and carrying out aggressive manoeuvres, while engagement at military, diplomatic and political level is in progress.
“In the instant case on 07 September 2020, it was the PLA troops who were attempting to close-in with one of our forward positions along the LAC and when dissuaded by own troops, PLA troops fired a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate own troops,” the statement said, adding that however, despite the grave provocation, own troops exercised great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner.
It said that the Indian Army is committed to maintaining peace and tranquility, however is also determined to protect national integrity and sovereignty at all costs. “The statement by the Western Theatre Command is an attempt to mislead their domestic and international audience,” the statement said

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