Chinese troops fired in air to intimidate Indian troops: Army refutes Beijing’s claims

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Union Ministry of Defence on Tuesday, 8 September, rejected China’s claim that the Indian army crossed the Line of Actual Control and fired “warning shots” near the Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh. In turn, New Delhi accused Beijing “provocative activities to escalate”.

The Ministry of Defence stressed in a statement that India is committed to disengagement and de-escalating the situation on the LAC, and “at no stage has the Indian Army transgressed across the LAC or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including firing”.

“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. However, despite the grave provocation, own troops exercised great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner,” said the statement.

“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,” it added.

Earlier, spokesperson of China’s Western Theater Command, Colonel Zhang Shiuli, had claimed that while acting provocative, the Indian army crossed the Line of Actual Control in Shenpao mountain near the south bank of Pangong Tso Lake. He said that during the operation, the Indian Army opened fire and threatened our soldiers.

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