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Leh, Apr 4 (PTI) Accusing China of pushing its nomads and grazers into Ladakh, a BJP delegation which visited the region today demanded that Government open the area to tourism to defeat the “Chinese design of grabbing the land by inches”.

“We have come here to ascertain reports about the Chinese incursion and what we have found is shocking…,” said party spokesperson Rajeev Pratap Rudy, who was part of the five-member delegation that visited Ladakh and bordering areas of Nyoma and Demchok, 300 kilometres from southeast of this Himalayan town.

This is the first national-level political delegation to visit the far flung areas of the Himalayan town. The team included former Uttrakhand Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and former J and K unit chief Nirmal Singh.

After the briefing by Army’s Leh-based 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen S K Singh and other officials, Rudy said the latest strategy that Chinese have developed is that they have pushed their nomads and grazers into Indian territory.

“They (Chinese) are fighting a war through nomads and grazers. There are no conflict zones or day-to-day confrontation with armed forces but they are fighting the battle through nomads on grazing pastures…they are pushing nomads here and there.

“Its all about pasture land and gazers and they stand solidly behind these nomads….so they are inching through grazing land,” he said.

Rudy said the most stunning revelation was that most of the incursions had taken place from 1965 to 1995, adding they will be submitting a report to BJP president Nitin Gadkari.

Though the Chinese incursions have been taking place for last five years, they have not set up any posts, he said.

It may be mentioned that an official report last year of the state government had said “they (Chinese) have threatened the nomadic people who had been using Dokbug area (in Ladakh sector) area for grazing since decades long, in a way to snatch our land in inches.

Rudy said that the people in the Indian region felt isolated as their interaction with the rest of the country was virtually nil because of the inner line border permit which is mandatory for people who wish to visit the area.

“The BJP would strongly like to question why we still have major land masses out of the purview of Indians… no political movement, no tourist movement,” he said.

The BJP leader pointed out that there was bare minimum or zero infrastructure in the area. “We are not able to imagine how the Indian army will react in condition of conflict or confrontation in places which are totally inaccessible by road today.

“We are years behind as far as infrastructure is concerned as this needs an immediate attention from the government,” he said