New Delhi: The Congress on Monday questioned government's ‘coercive diplomacy' over the vandalization of an Indian herdsman's tent at Demchok in Ladakh by Chinese PLA troops.
“Transgression by China in Demchok Ladakh- Indian heardsman's habitat allegedly vandalized by PLA! Where is ‘coercive diplomacy' of this government?” Congress leader and former Union Minister Manish Tewari wrote on Twitter.
Few days ago, People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops vandalized an Indian herdsman's tent following which Indian troops had protested against tents put up by Chinese herdsmen. Later, a Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) between the two Armies discussed the matter and the Chinese herdsmen were directed to remove their tents.
Sources said an Indian herdsman complained to Ladakh political representatives that Chinese troops vandalised his tent. The Indian herdsman apparently set up the tent during the day and when he returned the next day, he found it vandalized once again.
Demchok is in Indian territory but the Chinese too covet it due to differing perceptions of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) along the India-China border.
Both the nations had earlier inked a Border Defence Co-operation Agreement (BDCA) that seeks to avoid any conflagration between the two Armies along the LAC.