Chief of Army Staff Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane reached Ladakh on Friday for a two day visit and conducted a comprehensive review of operational preparedness as India braced up to keep its troops deployed in the upcoming harsh winters. Amidst the reports of deployment of more troops in various areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh, the review was conducted.
Army chief visited various forward areas where he was told about the current security situation. Also he interacted with Army Commanders and troops. As per reports, People’s Liberation of Army (PLA) of China has deployed more troops in some of the friction points in Eastern Ladakh.
Gen Naravane visited Rezang-La area War Memorial in Eastern Ladakh to pay homage to the soldiers who laid down their lives in defending the country, reportedly.
Gen Naravane also called on Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh R K Mathur and discussed with him ongoing situation in the region.
The two-day visit is conducted after two months of rival armies who carried out the second round of disengagement in August when both sides pulled back their forward deployed troops from Gogra or Patrol Point-17A, which was one of the friction points on the LAC.
The visit also came a day after the army chief said at an event in Delhi that developments along the LAC in Ladakh added to challenges faced by the Indian military on the “active and disputed borders” in the western and eastern fronts. “The unprecedented military standoff with China required an immediate response and large-scale mobilisation of resources at a time when the country was struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic”, he said while addressing the annual session of the PHD Chamber Of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) on Thursday.