Presence of Chinese troops
Stating that Chinese troops were “active” in the Bara Hoti area of Chamoli district, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Wednesday confirmed that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had transgressed the area earlier this month.
Response by Chinese troops
PLA troops told the Indian officials to go back as the area belonged to them. They told the Indian team that they recognise the area as ‘Wu-Je.’
Canal not crossed
The PLA troops, however, did not cross the canal in Bara Hoti that has become the unofficial demarcation line between India and China. This is not the first time Chinese activity has been noticed along the 350-km Sino-India border.
About Bara Hoti Area
The 80 square kilometre ground in Bara Hoti has been agreed by two countries to be a disputed site since 1957. Chinese army calls the territory ‘Wu- Je’ and is known to have written ‘China’ on some rocks in the area.