Army Chief Naravane Visits Forward Locations In Eastern Ladakh, Reviews Operational Preparedness

by IANS - Jun 24, 2020 05:08 PM +05:30 IST
Army Chief Naravane Visits Forward Locations In Eastern Ladakh, Reviews Operational PreparednessIndian Army Chief M M Naravane at forward areas in Eastern Ladakh. (Picture via Twitter)

Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane visited Leh on Wednesday and inspected forward areas in Eastern Ladakh as he reviewed operational situation on the ground.

General Naravane commended the troops for their high morale and exhorted them to continue working with zeal and enthusiasm.

Amid the growing tension, India is exploring all possible military options as a response if the Chinese aggression continues. India has also ramped up preparations on its side along the 826-km front of the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh.

On Tuesday, he interacted with injured soldiers at the base hospital. A total 76 soldiers were injured and 20 were killed after Chinese People's Liberation Army troops carried out an attack on Indian Army soldiers at the Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh.

He talked to the soldiers and assured them of complete solidarity every step of the way.

General Naravane's visit comes amid heightened tension at the Eastern Ladakh region where over thousands of Indian Army men have been deployed a few meters away from Line of Actual Control facing threat from the PLA.

He also reviewed the force preparedness, as well as deployment across the LAC with China.

On Monday, the Indian Army Chief held a second phase of Army Commanders Conference in the national capital to review the operational situation on both the Northern and Western Fronts.

All commanders, including Northern Command Lieutenant General Y.K. Joshi, took part in the two days meet.

The Army commanders have come together to discuss the whole gamut of India's operational situation on both the Northern and Western fronts. The first phase was held from May 27 to May 29.

After the Army Commanders Conference ended on Tuesday, General Naravane headed for Leh to meet the injured soldiers.

The ground situation is volatile in Ladakh as Pangong Tso is set to be another flashpoint after Galwan Valley patrolling point 14 where the barbaric attack was carried on Indian troops by Chinese army. Ferocious build up at the Line of Actual Control has started backed by artillery and tanks in the depth areas.

At Pangong Tso, there was an attempt by the PLA to alter the Line of Actual Control unilaterally. The prolonged camping and a heavy presence of Chinese troops in Pangong Lake at a point which has been under Indian control has emerged to be the biggest roadblock for a possible resolution to the ongoing tussle between India and China at the Line of Actual Control.

The Chinese have built defences in several parts between Finger 4 and 8 that have been grey zones in the past. The Chinese action in Pangong Lake is seen as an attempt to change the status quo.

Indian Army has also enhanced deployment at Hot Springs, Demchok, Koyul, Fukche, Depsang, Murgo, and Galwan.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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