New Delhi, May 30 : As China presses on with aggressive deployment of troops in Eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian Army has decided to station additional troops as the two sides prepare for a long drawn faceoff in the cold desert. Simultaneously, the two sides have also activated their working mechanism at the level of diplomats to ease military tensions along the LAC.
The decision to strengthen the presence of Indian Army troops by sending additional reinforcements to counter the Chinese deployment was taken after a high-level review was undertaken at the just-concluded Army Commanders conference which is also learnt to have discussed the pressure tactics adopted by the Chinese side along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh since the first week of May. Sources said that satellite images have shown stationing of artillery and mechanized elements on the Chinese side of the LAC opposite the Galwan valley, posing a threat of Indian deployments. Analysis of images indicate fortification of defences by the Chinese side in their area.
The Indian side has also decided to go in for counter-deployments on its side of the LAC to take care of the advantage which the Chinese side may have in terms of their early and deep deployments. Sources said the aim of the Indian Army is to match the Chinese build-up. Chinese and Indian troops had indulged in limited skirmishes, resulting in blows at Pangong Tso lake on May 5-6. The two sides have differed in the perception of the LAC at Pangong Tso, leading to tensions on the lake and on the northern banks. The Indian side’s concern is also about the threat posed to the strategic Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DSDBO) road by the Chinese deployment on their side of the LAC. The 255-km road was opened last year by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh who inaugurated a 1400-feet bridge on Shyok river to the north of this area. (UNI)