Defense Minister Rajnath Singh held an important meeting with Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and the chiefs of the three armies today in a tense atmosphere with China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. In this meeting the ground situation of LAC was reviewed and further strategy was considered.
Sources said the mahamanthan took place for more than four hours in which the Defense Minister gave a blueprint for India’s response to increasing the number of troops from China. It was made clear during this Maha Manthan that negotiations for the ceasefire would continue, but the Indian Army would retain its hold there without compromising its sovereignty at all. It was also decided in the meeting that road construction work should continue in the area and India will continue to increase its military force against China.
The Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China have met several times in East Ladakh to normalize the situation on LAC. However, there was no success till Monday. Before that there was a meeting on Sunday too, but according to sources, many issues could not be agreed. There may be further meetings at the level of regional commanders.
Sources said that the two sides have held five rounds of talks so far. A top Indian Army official said, ‘No success was achieved. The status quo remains intact. He said that the issue will be resolved, but the Indian Army will continue to carry out its construction work with the LAC. Sources said that troops have been deployed from both sides and since May 5, both the armies have been eyeing each other in at least three places.
The Indian Army has increased its vigil around the Pengong Tso sector of East Ladakh and the Galvan Valley where China has increased its troop deployment. Apart from this, the Indian Army is also showing extreme vigor in the Treg Heights, Demchok and Chumar areas of the western border with China. In fact, on May 5, there was an altercation between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Ladakh and on the morning of May 6, there was a violent clash between the two sides, in which several soldiers on both sides were injured. Sources said that since then, China began to increase the number of its troops near the place of skirmish. Not only this, China also increased the petrol in Pengong Lake and also increased the boats.
The latest tension began when China objected to the ongoing construction work along the Indian border. However, the Indian Army said that there is no longer a conflict-like situation in Pengong and there are not too many soldiers. On Friday, the Chief of the Indian Army, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, visited the 14 Corps’ headquarters in Leh and reviewed the deployment of security forces on the LAC. He held a meeting with Lieutenant General YK Joshi, Chief of the Northern Command and 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh and other officers and became aware of the ground situation near LAC.