India on Tuesday dismissed Chinese claims that Indian Army fired “warning shots” close the Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh, saying its troops “exercised great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner”.
China said early on Tuesday that the border troops of its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) took “countermeasures” after the Indian Army crossed the Line of Actual Regulate (LAC) and fired “warning shots” close the Pangong Tso.
PLA border troops were “forced to take countermeasures” after Indian Army soldiers fired at them close the Shenpao mountain region close the south bank of Pangong Tso, a remark issued by China’s western theatre command (WAC) said.
The Indian remark said that the Indian Army did not transgress across the LAC at no stage or resorted to the usage of any aggressive means, including firing.
“It’s the PLA that has been blatantly violating agreements and carrying out aggressive manoeuvres, while engagement at the military, diplomatic and political level is in progress,” India said in a remark.
“In the immediate case on 07 September 2020, it used to be the PLA troops who were making an attempt to close-in with one of our forward positions along the LAC and when dissuaded by own troops, PLA troops fired a couple of rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate own troops. Then again, despite the grave provocation, own troops exercised great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner,” it added.
It said India is dedicated to disengagement and de-escalating the situation on the LAC, “China continues to undertake provocative activities to intensify.”
“The Indian Army is dedicated to maintaining peace and tranquillity, alternatively, may be made up our minds to offer protection to national integrity and sovereignty at all costs. The remark by the Western Theatre Command is an attempt to mislead their domestic and international audience,” it added.