Stating that Chinese troops were “active” in the Bara Hoti area of Chamoli district, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Wednesday confirmed that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had transgressed the area earlier this month.
The transgression came to light when Chamoli district officials had gone to Bara Hoti on July 19 to collect data on land holdings. They noticed Chinese troops on the ground while an attack helicopter even hovered over the area for five minutes before returning to their side.
According to a Home Ministry official, the PLA troops told the Indian officials to go back as the area belonged to them. They told the Indian team that they recognise the area as ‘Wu-Je.’
The official said the Chinese helicopter could have carried out aerial photography of Bara Hoti. “Activities of Chinese troops were noted by our officials in Bara Hoti area during their recent visit to the place to mark the revenue land,” Mr. Rawat told the media.