Army chief General MM Naravane will embark upon his second visit to Leh within 30 days as tension between India and China along the LAC continues. General Narvane will leave for Leh after attending a meeting with top generals who are in New Delhi for the army commanders conference that ends on Tuesday. On Monday, the commanders discussed developments along the Line of Actual Control and the army’s readiness to handle any situation.
In Leh, senior officers will brief Naravane on latest developments along the LAC and progress in military dialogue with China. General Naravane will also interact with soldiers there. This will be Naravane’s second visit to Ladakh sector after the border standoff began in early May. He earlier visited Leh on May 22. The army chief is expected to visit Kashmir on Wednesday.
Meanwhile India has increased technical drone surveillance at four points in East Ladakh where Chinese have tried to intrude. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police, ITBP, has also inducted more battalions into the sector to support army along the 3,488 km Line of Actual Control, government and military officials said. The ITBP force accretion is being done to ensure that all 65 patrolling points along the 1547 km LAC in East Ladakh are fully patrolled , thereby not allowing PLA to expand the scope of its dispute with India by engaging in more areas.
The decision to induct ITBP battalions in support of the army was taken on June 20 after Director General Military Operations, India, Lt General Paramjit Singh and Director General ITBP and BSF, S S Deswal visted Leh to be briefed about the ground situation. The top security officials of Indian Government were briefed by the XIV Corps Commander Lt General Harinder Singh on the the stand off with PLA. India has also deployed its specialised high-altitude forces along LAC to repel any transgression in the western, middle or eastern sectors.
With the Narendra Modi government giving a clear mandate to the Indian Army to repel any PLA transgression along the LAC, the military and the National Technical Research Organization have been asked to deploy more surveillance drones in the area so that the battle theatre becomes more transparent.