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The Indo Tibetan Border Police and the Army have been engaged in a face- off with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army along the Line of Actual Control in Leh’s Demchok area since Wednesday, a top government official told The Hindu. The official said around 50 Chinese Army personnel had come close to the Indian side of the LAC and were refusing to go back. The Chinese side is objecting to an irrigation project under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act to link a village with a ‘hot spring’. “The Chinese Army came on Wednesday afternoon and stayed till night. They went back and returned this morning. It’s an eyeball-to-eyeball situation there. Both the sides have held their ground,” said the official.

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