Indian Army tightens grip on the Ladakh border

New Delhi: – Information is being revealed regarding the activities of the Indian military from 29th-30th August and two weeks after that, in the region south of the Pangong Tso lake on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). During this period, the Indian Army has taken control of the peaks near Magar Hill, Gurung Hill, Rechen La, Rejang La, Mukhpari and Finger 4. Although these mountain ranges fall on the Indian side of the LAC, the Indian Army had no posts on these peaks. Therefore, China was trying to gain control over these strategic peaks. But the Indian Army took control of these peaks and started patrolling. This busted the Chinese plot. Disturbed by the development, China is demanding Indian military withdrawal. There is a dense possibility that China will press this demand, in the Brigadier level talks, to be held between the two countries.   

Following the Indian Army taking control of all the six strategic peaks, China started military moves to gain control over strategic locations. China has deployed 3,000 soldiers near Rechen La and Rejang La peaks. At the same time, Chinese soldiers deployed on the southern coast of the Pangong Tso lake, fired three times in the air, trying to incite Indian soldiers. The Chinese soldiers fired a minimum of 100 to 200 rounds. Moreover, photographs of 15 to 25 Chinese soldiers, with guns, Bayonets and steel weapons, intending to repeat Galwan incident, have also been published. But the Chinese soldiers had to retreat following the ultimatum issued by the Indian Army, by firing in the air.   

After India took the lead in this sector, Chinese military activities in Moldo Garrison, the region on the Chinese side of the LAC, have increased and China has made additional military deployments in the area. The Brigadier level talks are scheduled to be held at this very Maldo Garrison or at Chushul, on the Indian side. Against the background of this tension on the border, a meeting was held between Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Defence Chief General Bipin Rawat and Chief of Army Staff MM Naravane, two days ago.  

Till now, the Chinese Army has been intruding into the Indian territory and carrying out inciting activities. The Indian Army was only stopping Chinese activities. But former military officials and analysts are warning that India will have to change its traditional stand against China, following the Galwan conflict; otherwise, China will keep taking advantage of the Indian patience. Even in 1962, India had made a blunder in identifying Chinese intentions. Analysts are warning that the Chinese stand has not changed, even today. It is reported that the Indian military has asked for permission for aggressive actions to retaliate against China. Therefore, there are indications that the Indian Army will not only stop the Chinese Army, in the future but also will take some actions to increase pressure on the Chinese Army. 

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