However, they could not confirm whether they meddled on the Indian side. “This is the latest case of Chinese activity near Barahoti. They arrived on horses four or five days ago and left some belongings as evidence of their visit, ”a senior government official told TOI on Wednesday.
“They usually visit after the monsoon. They were early this time, ”he said. Another government official, who also declined to be named, said that Chinese military activity had increased over the course of the Real control line (LAC) near Barahoti. In 2018, the Indian army Y Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) informed the Center of multiple aerial intrusions in the Barahoti plains by the PLA. On the Indian side, a multi-departmental team also conducts routine reconnaissance near the area (usually three times a year) to keep an eye on it. “A team from the district administration visited Barahoti a fortnight ago,” said a senior district police official. Barahoti, which is located along the Uttarakhand border with China, is only 397 km from the state capital, Dehradun. The picturesque meadow in the Chamoli district is connected by roads to Joshimath. A steep 3 km hike leads to the Barahoti ridge, from where you can see Tibet.