Chinese troops deployed in considerable numbers all Eastern Ladakh: Army chief MM Naravane

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rmy chief General MM Naravane, who is conducting a security review of forward areas in eastern Ladakh on Saturday said “there has been an increase in the deployment of Chinese troops”, which has been a matter of concern.

Leh: Army chief General MM Naravane, who is conducting a security review of forward areas in eastern Ladakh on Saturday said “there has been an increase in the deployment of Chinese troops”, which has been a matter of concern. For the last six months, however, the situation has been “quite normal,” he said.

Talking with news agency ANI, the COAS said  “Chinese (troops) have deployed in considerable numbers all across Eastern Ladakh and Northern Front right up to our Eastern command. Definitely, there has been an increase in their deployment in the forward areas which remains a matter of concern for us,”  

“But we are monitoring all their developments. Based on whatever inputs we get, we are carrying out matching developments in terms of infrastructure. At the moment, we are quite well poised to meet any eventuality,” he said, adding that he doubts if “any aggression can be shown in any area”.

Meanwhile, Indian Army has also deployed the first K9-Vajra self-propelled howitzer regiment in the Ladakh sector along the Line of Actual Control with China. The gun can strike enemy targets at around 50 km. Speaking on their deployment and performance, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said that these guns can also work in high-altitude areas. “Their field trials were extremely successful. We have now added an entire regiment, this will be really helpful,” the COAS said.

first published:Oct. 2, 2021, 1:48 p.m.

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