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Fresh incursions by Chinese troops in Ladakh

By The Assam Tribune

LEH, March 11 - In a fresh transgression in Ladakh sector, Chinese PLA troops entered almost 6 km deep inside Indian territory near the scenic Pangong Lake area this week leading to a standoff between security personnel of the two sides, according to security sources.

The incident occurred on March 8 when a platoon of at least 11 PLA men, led by a Colonel-rank officer, crossed over the imaginary Line of Actual Control (LAC) at �Finger VIII� Sirjap-I area close to the Pangong Lake, sources in the security establishment said today.

The Chinese soldiers entered in four vehicles � two light, one medium and one heavy � from across the Thakung border post of India and reached 5.5 km deep inside Indian territory, the sources said.

The sources said the soldiers were soon �countered and engaged� by a patrol of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and they were locked in �eye-to-eye ball� confrontation for a few hours after which the situation got defused and the other side retreated. � PTI

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