Local residents living along the Sino-India border have reportedly received several telephone calls from “spies” either from Pakistan or China about army deployment along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
According to a PTI report, these residents, including a village head, got calls whereby a caller, posing himself as either a colonel or a local official, made queries about the army presence in the area and the timings of their movement.
The ‘sarpanch’ (village head) of Durbuk village, located at an altitude of 13,500 feet above sea level between Chang La and Tsangte village was quoted by PTI as saying that he had received a call in which the caller asked whether “outstanding” issues with the army had been sorted.
The sarpanch, who was sitting inside an army camp at the time of receiving the call, got suspicious and enquired from the caller about his identity.
Despite the caller identifying himself to be from Deputy Commissioner’s office, the sarpanch identified as Stanzin snubbed him and said he should get in touch with the army.
The sarpanch then called local DC’s office but was told that no one from that number had called. The army, when informed about the call, found the number appearing on the sarpanch’s phone had been masked and it was a computer generated call.
Stanzin told PTI that he received the call only once.
“The caller was asking about the movement of troops and whether the roads had been built in the area for their movement.
“He claimed that he was from the army headquarters but with his stupid queries, I did get suspicious and informed the army officer standing next to me,” he said.
Later, the army discovered that many other people living in villages along the Sino-Indian border had been receiving similar calls from such unknown numbers and in a few cases basic information had been shared out of “pure ignorance” by the villagers.
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