Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane arrived in Ladakh today morning to review the ongoing security situation.
The COAS is on a two-day visit and will be briefed by senior field commanders on the ground situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
During the two day visit, the Army Chief will also review the operational preparedness of the troops who are locked in a standoff with Chinese troops for over three months now.
The situation in Ladakh fluid
The visit of the Army Chief to Ladakh comes after the Indian Army thwarted an attempt by the Chinese Army to transgress into Indian areas near the southern bank of Pangong Tso near Chushul in Ladakh on the intervening night of August 29 and 30 and captured the height at the southern bank of Pangong Tso.
On the night of August 29-30, People’s Liberation Army troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo,” said Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand in a statement.
India bolsters presence in strategic heights of Pangong Tso area heights
Responding to India’s preemptive capture of the strategic area, the Chinese Embassy in India claimed that Indian troops “illegally trespassed” the LAC, which “damaged” peace and tranquillity along the border.
Issuing a statement spokesperson of Chinese Embassy in India, Ji Rong said, “On August 31, Indian troops violated the consensus reached in previous multi-level engagements and negotiations between China and India, illegally trespassed the Line of Actual Control again at the southern bank of the Pangong Tso and near the Reqin Pass in the western sector of China-India border, and conducted flagrant provocations, which again stirred tension in the border areas.”
The situation in the area was said to be fluid and another round of military talks between the two sides on Wednesday to defuse tensions remained inconclusive.