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Army Chief says situation along LAC “slightly tense”

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Army Chief General MM Naravane on Friday said the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is “slightly tense”. The Army Chief said forces have been deployed along the LAC as a precautionary measure.

Notably, Gen Naravane is on a two-day visit to the eastern Ladakh region to access the ground situation. His crucial visit comes at a time when the Indian Army thwarted multiple attempts of the Chinese troops who engaged in “provocative actions” in the southern bank of the Pangong Tso Lake.

The Indian Army had said China through its actions tried to change the status quo, but failed to do so.

Precautionary deployment along LAC

“The situation along LAC is slightly tense. Keeping in view the situation, we have taken precautionary deployment for our own safety and security, so that our security and integrity remain safeguarded,” the Army Chief said.

He said the situation has been tense for the last 2-3 months. But, he added that India has been continuously engaging with China both at the military and diplomatic levels to resolve the dispute. “These engagements are ongoing and will continue in the future also,” Gen Naravane said.

Army chief held meetings

During the first day of the visit on September 3, Gen Naravane held a series of meetings with top commanders. The meetings were held to ascertain the evolving situation in the region. The Army Chief also evaluated India’s overall combat readiness to deal with any eventualities.

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He said he visited different places after reaching Leh.

“I talked to officers, JCOs and took stock of preparedness. The morale of jawans is high and they are ready to deal with all challenges. I would like to reiterate that our officers and men are the finest in the world and will make not only the Army but also the nation proud,” the Army Chief said.

India Army strengthens its presence in the area

India occupied a number of strategic heights on the southern bank of Pangong Lake. Additionally, it strengthened its presence in Finger 2 and Finger 3 areas in the region to thwart any Chinese actions.

China has strongly objected to India’s move. But India has maintained that the heights are on its side of the LAC.

India has also rushed in additional troops and weapons to the sensitive region following the Chinese attempts.

 

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