It has been around nine-months since a border standoff between India and China started. As both the nations held the Corps Commander talks on January 24 to de-escalate troops along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh, village head of a border villages claimed that Chinese vehicles were entering Indian territory.
Urgain Tsewang, village head of Koyul (Kakjung), recorded a video on December 16, 2020. In this video, locals and security personnel are turning away two Chinese vehicles as they try to enter in the territory. In another video dated December 10, 2020, few Chinese are taking photographs of the region.
Tsewang told The Hindu that when the nomads went for grazing their cattles this year, Chinese people asked them to leave. He told that on December 10, some villagers saw that the Chinese had entered more than one kilometre into the Indian territory. When he told the authorities about the matter, they told the villagers to camp there and not recede even by an inch. They stood there for four to five days. When the two Chinese vehicles came back again on December 16, villagers along with the SDM and ITBP officials, who were present there this time, chased them away.
He said that the area which the Chinese are trying to capture is near patrolling point 38. This area is used by nomads for grazing their animals. However, for the past two years, nomads did not go there for winter grazing because of some illness in the livestock. They were shocked to find Chinese in that area. This was happening for the first time. There used roads built by India to encroach that area.
The Hindu has reported that since April 2020, Indian troops could not access patrolling points (PPs) number 9, 10, 11, 12, 12A, 13, 14, 15, 17, 17A from Depsang Plains in the north to Pangong Tso (lake) in the south. There are more than 65 PPs from the base of Karakoram to Chumar in the south.
The dragon has entered around 8 km in the Finger area of Pangong Tso and Indian troops could not patrol beyond Finger 4 since April 2020. Earlier, Indian troops would patrol up to Finger 8.