PLA fired shots in air, tried to close in on Indian positions: Indian Army

Providing an update on the recent situation in Eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army on Tuesday said despite India’s commitment to disengage and de-escalate the situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), China is continuously undertaking proactive activities to escalate the situation.

Indian Army said that on September 7, Chinese soldiers fired in the air while attempting to close in on Indian position across LAC. PLA blatantly violated the agreements and carried out aggressive manoeuvres.

In an official statement released, Indian Army said, “India, while is committed to disengagement and de-escalating the situation on the LAC, China continues to undertake provocative activities to escalate. 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,” the Indian Army said.

“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,” The Indian Army added.