(Sandhya Jha, Intern Journalist): New Delhi, China is rapidly increasing its forces in the areas around Pangong Tso Lake and Galvan Valley along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. This clearly indicates that was not ready to end her confrontation with the Indian Army. People familiar with the situation in the disputed region said that China has increased the presence of its troops in the Galvan Valley.
Despite strong opposition from Indian troops, the Chinese army has installed 100 tents in the last two weeks. Machinery has been brought in for the possible construction of bunkers. Amid mounting tensions, Army Chief General MM Narwane on Friday visited the headquarters of the 14th Corps in Leh and reviewed the overall security scenario in the region with top commanders.
Indian Army also ready
Military sources said that the Indian Army is also increasing its strength in comparison to Pangong Tso Lake and Galvan Valley China to give a befitting reply. It is noteworthy that the situation in this part of eastern Ladakh deteriorated after a fight between about 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers on the evening of May 5. 100 soldiers of both sides were injured in this incident. A similar incident took place at Nakula Pass in North Sikkim on May 9 after the incident in Pangong Tso.
The conversation was also useless
There were reports of several attacks by Chinese troops in the eastern Ladakh region in the past week. However, there was no official confirmation of this. In the past week, local commanders on both sides held at least five meetings. In these meetings, the Indian side strongly raised the issue of setting up of a large number of tents in areas in the Galvan Valley by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). India considers this region to be within its border.
Army denies detention of Indian contingent
Meanwhile, the Indian Army on Saturday denied reports that Chinese troops had detained an Indian Army patrol in the eastern Ladakh sector. Army sources said that this is not true. Reports of the detention of Indian Army soldiers have come at a time when the two countries are face to face at least three main points around the Galvan Nala area in eastern Ladakh. Area commanders from India and China are negotiating to reduce tensions, but this has not changed the situation much.
China is causing stress
India said on Thursday that the Chinese military was disrupting normal patrolling by Indian troops. He also said that India has always adopted a very responsible approach to border management. In a media briefing, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Shrivastava also strongly refuted China’s argument that tensions have arisen due to atrocities on the Chinese side by the Indian Army.
Army Chief reviewed the situation
Amid growing tension from China, Indian Army Chief MM Narwane also reached the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and inquired about the situation arising out of the mobilization of Chinese troops in Galvan Valley there. The army chief also encouraged the Indian soldiers. The Army Chief took stock of the operational preparedness of the Army in East Ladakh and also held a meeting with senior officers of the 14 Corps of the Army handling the Northern Command and Ladakh security.