Posted on June 26, 2020, 1:29 PM IST
Inspite of tough descalation talks, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops in the eastern sector of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) were earlier this week spotted carrying iron rods in their backpacks, a report said on Friday. This reasserts the belief of the Indian defence establishment that the PLA troops defy protocols frequently but hide behind them in case they get hurt.
The Times of India mentioned sources as saying that earlier this week, iron rods were seen in the Chinese soldiers’ backpacks during their encounter with the Indian counterparts along the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh’s Kameng sector.
“PLA soldiers come prepared and routinely break the protocol that there will be no use of force during faceoffs. But when they get hurt in the ensuing scuffles, they wrongly accuse Indian soldiers of breaking the protocol,” the daily cited a source as saying.
On June 15, brutal skirmish had occurred between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley of eastern Ladakh. Twenty Indian soldiers were martyred during the hours-long clash.
Reports suggested that while the Indian troops did not use the firearms they were carrying in accordance with the two bilateral agreements between India and China, the Chinese troops attacked their Indian counterparts with iron rods, stones, clubs embedded with nails and batons wrapped in barbed wire.
India had later termed the killing of Indian troops in Galwan Valley a "premeditated and planned action" by the Chinese troops. In fact, US intelligence agencies have claimed that it was General Zhao Zongqi, the head of the Western Theater Command, who had okayed the operation.