Both armies carrying firearms at LAC

Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 9

When Indian and Chinese troops clashed within the Galwan valley on June 15, the Army rapidly did estimation that such incidents may reoccur, and altered the usual working procedures (SOPs) and guidelines of engagement for its troopers alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

The Indian troops have been allowed to fireside in self-defence and since then they’ve been carrying computerized weapons. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) too has armed its troopers. The variety of troopers dealing with on both facet alongside the LAC is small however the backup is in hundreds, other than tanks and artillery weapons.

This was not so at Galwan. The staff led by Col Santosh Babu, which had gone to probe a Chinese tent, was unarmed, whereas the PLA troopers had come armed with improvised golf equipment and machetes, resulting in a massacre. Since Galwan, issues have flared up twice — as soon as on August 30-31 and once more on September 7 on the south of Pangong Tso.

The Army has denied opening hearth at PLA troopers on September 7 and accused the opposite facet of firing pictures. The PLA claims the Indian Army did it.

While either side deny having opened hearth, it’s sure that firing did happen — first such incident in Ladakh since 1962. On September 7, the PLA tried to seize Mukhpari nevertheless it was repulsed. On August 30, one other operation was launched from Indian facet to seize all heights from Thakung to south of Rinchen La, foiling Chinese bid to take these over.

Post Galwan, guidelines of engagement altered

  • Army altered the usual working procedures and guidelines of engagement for troopers alongside the LAC in Ladakh after June 15
  • Brigadier-level talks have been held in Chushul on Wednesday. It was agreed that one other Lt General-level assembly be deliberate
  • Sources say two sides might look into implementing on floor what Defence Ministers had mentioned in Moscow on Sept 4
  • With Foreign Ministers slated to carry talks in Moscow on Sept 10, some ahead motion is anticipated

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