CCS discusses face-off along LAC

New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Security is understood to have discussed the face-off in Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) where Chinese troops have intruded in the last 11 days.

The CCS headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also understood to have discussed the agenda for talks during his US visit including defence cooperation with that country.

Army sources said the situation along the LAC in Chumar area has remained unchanged and the Chinese request for a flag meeting to address the situation was still under consideration.

All the agencies concerned are discussing the issue, they said.

Chinese troops have pitched their tents in the area and Chinese helicopters have also been seen dropping food packets for the soldiers.

Tension in the area erupted last Sunday when some Chinese workers, who were constructing a road on their side, crossed into the Indian side and also claimed that they had orders to build a road up to Tible, 5-km deep inside Indian territory.

Chumar was at the centre of the fortnight-long stand-off last year in Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) as the Chinese side had objected to overhead bunkers erected by the Indian side.

As part of an agreement reached at the flag meeting to end that impasse in April-May 2013 at DBO, the Indian side had to dismantle some overhead bunkers in the Chumar area.

During winter this year, Chinese soldiers attempted to enter the area riding on horses. The area has witnessed frequent incursion attempts by Chinese troops.

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