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A long haul for Indian soldiers in the heights of Ladakh mountain ranges till status quo ante is restored: Sources



Leh(Ladakh), June 26, (Scoop News)-Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), General MM Navarane, on Friday briefed the Union Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh, after his return from Russia where Singh had gone to attend the 75th Victory Day of erstwhile Soviet Union forces over Nazi Germany.

Gen Navarane had also spent three days in Ladakh region and during his stay here he visited several forward posts along the Line of Actual Control (LoAC) and interacted with the troops on the ground. He reviewed the operational preparedness.

Indian and Chinese troops are locked up in a standoff in various areas in eastern Ladakh, The tensions between two sides aggravated after20 soldiers were martyred in the Galwan Valley in violent clashes on June 15.

The Indian troops are fully familiar with the alignment of the LoAC in all sectors of the Indo China border area and adhere to it scrupulously.

Meanwhile, the reports substantiated with satellite images suggest huge build up and the construction works being carried out by Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) along the LoAC in the eastern Ladakh in Despang plains and Galwan Valley thus increasing the vulnerability of Indian troops in Daulat Beig Oldie (DBO).

The reports indicated that there is enormous presence of PLA in Despand plains near a crucial area marked as Bulge. It is close to Karakoram pass overlooking the strategic Soltoro ridge and Siachen glacier. The enemy forces have amassed tanks, armoured vehicles on Chinese side in close proximity of de facto border.

The reports further suggest about Chinese incursion in this area bullying Indian positions at Raki Nallah and Burtse deep inside the Indian Terraitory and DBO by marching close to newly constructed road connecting Diskit and Galwan Valley via Durbuk.

During 1962 Sino- Indo conflict, Chinese troops occupied a part of Despang plains and in the year 2013 PLA intruded 19 km inside the Indian territory and pitched tents ensuing in 21 days standoff between two hostile armies.

Reports also revealed that mega build up of defensive positions has been carried out by PLA between finger 4 and finger 8 on the banks of 135 km long Pongong Tso including ridge lines in the finger 4 area looking on to Indian positions.

The fresh build up by PLA has restricted the patrolling of Indian soldiers from going beyond finger 4. In a video clip, Indian troops are seen skirting the main path and taking a foot track to reach up to Finger 8 but were prevented by PLA from carrying out patrolling up to finger 8 which India claims as its part of the territory.

The sources said it is a long haul for disengagement of two opposing armies and it could even take months for restoring status quo ante....
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