By Tenzin Dharpo
DHARAMSHALA, Sept. 1: Fresh confrontation near the LAC of the the Indo-Tibetan border on August 29 and 30, between Indian and Chinese forces have taken place according to a statement by the Indian Army on Monday. The army said that attempts by Chinese forces to change the “status quo” has been thwarted.
“On the night of 29/30 August, PLA troops violated the consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements… and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo.
“Indian troops pre-empted this PLA activity on the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake, undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground,” the Indian Army said Monday.
A Tibetan soldier in the Special Frontier Force’s Vikas battalion has died and another Tibetan man from the same unit sustained injuries, possibly from the same incident at the LAC. The two have been identified as deceased Company Leader (Coy Ldr) Nyima Tenzin, 51, and Tenzin Lodhen, 24, (rank not available).
Sources say that the Company Leader died after he stepped on a landmine while others say that he died of a gun shot wound to his neck. While there are two narratives of how the Tibetan soldier died, his death is confirmed as his body was handed over to his family in Sonamling Tibetan settlement on Tuesday by the army, covered with the Indian and Tibetan flag. He is survived by his wife and three children. His remains will be cremated at 6 am on September 7, 2020.
Following the confrontation on the weekend, both sides are reported to have captured strategic heights and suffered casualties on both the Indian and Chinese side. The SFF forces consisting of mostly Tibetan commandoes have been deployed and have succeeded in capturing crucial vantage points including Kala top, sources said.
A Brigadier-level talks have been in progress since 9 am on Tuesday at Moldo to resolve the increasing tension at the LAC. The talks are, however, supplemented with more deployment of forces from both sides. According to sources, Chinese armoured vehicles and battle tanks are positioned near the foothills of ‘Kala Top’ while an Indian tank regiment is already positioned in the plains — south-west of the flashpoint between Spanggur Tso and Chushul.