Situation Along LAC Tense, Says Army Chief

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SRINAGAR: Army Chief General M M Naravane Friday said that situation with China has been tensed and India is continuously engaging with them at the military and diplomatic level. General Naravane was speaking to news agency ANI a day after he inspected forward areas in eastern Ladakh for an operational review.

“Situation has been little tensed for the last two to three months. We have been continuously engaging with China both at the military and diplomatic level. These engagements are ongoing and will continue in the future as well. We are very sure that through this medium of talks, whatever differences we have, will be resolved and we will ensure that status quo is not changed and we are able to safeguard our interests,” General Naravane told ANI.

He underlined that some precautionary deployment for the safety of Indian troops have been undertaken for safety and security.

“Keeping in view of the situation, we had undertaken some precautionary deployment for our own safety and security. These deployments we undertook along the LAC (Line of Actual Control)so that our security n integrity remains safeguarded,” General Naravane said, reported ANI.

Reports said that General Naravane had also visited the headquarters of the XIV Corps in Leh, where he was briefed on the ground situation and the preparedness of the Army in the sector.

“I visited different places after reaching Leh. I talked to officers, JCOs and took stock of preparedness. The morale of jawans is high and they are fully prepared to deal with any challenge that may arise… I would like to reiterate that our officers are the finest in the world and will not only make the Army, proud, but also the nation,” newspaper The Indian Express quoted General Naravane as having said.

General Naravane’s visit to Ladakh Thursday came days after the Indian Army announced it had taken “measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions” to change the status quo on the south bank of Pangong Tso.

In a statement, the Army said: “On the Night of 29/30 August 2020, PLA troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo.”

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