Military Chief visits ahead posts in Jap Ladakh

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 23

Army Chief Gen MM Naravane on Wednesday visited frontline posts in Eastern Ladakh, including the ones at Rechin La, the vital mountain top captured in end of August.

At Rechin La — located on the slopes lying south of the Pangong Tso — a 135-km wide glacial melt lake provides a bird’s eye view to the Indian troops of the Chinese Garrison at Moldo.

At this spot, the Indian and Chinese troops are less than a few hundred metres away from each other and locked in a standoff since the end of August.

General Naravane was on a day-long visit to the Leh-based 14 Corps, which is tasked to the 826-km frontier with China in Ladakh; Siachen and Line of Control with Pakistan in the Kargil-Drass sector.

Officials in Delhi said the Army Chief not only got a first-hand assessment of the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), but he also interacted with local commanders and troops.

Sources said the Army Chief visited forward posts at Rechin La, where the Chinese troops are stationed just 200-300 m away from the post. Top commanders of the area gave him a detailed briefing on the security situation.

General Naravane undertook the spot inspection of the state of habitat of troops.

Army officials said he also distributed sweets and cakes ahead of Christmas. The Army Chief, was accompanied by the Corps Commander, Lt Gen PGK Menon. The dates for the ninth round of Lt General level talks to resolve the standoff in Ladakh are yet to be finalised. 

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