Indian Army deploys additional troops on LAC, Navy, Air Force on alert

Frontline bases of the Indian army and the air force along the nearly 3,500 km de-facto border with China were put on high alert on Wednesday in view of the worst border clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley that left 20 Army personnel dead and several injured, government sources said.

The Indian Navy has also been asked to raise its alert-level in the Indian Ocean Region where Chinese Navy has been making regular forays

The Army has already rushed in additional troops and weaponry to all its key frontline bases and formations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh, they said.

“The rules of engagement will be different from now onwards. The prime minister has spelt out the broad policy about it,” a top military official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met Prime Minister Modi in the evening and is learnt to have briefed him about steps being taken to boost military strength along the LAC to deal with any eventuality.

The Indian Air Force has raised the alert level in all its frontline bases tasked to keep an eye on the LAC, the de-facto border, the sources said.

The decision to raise the alert level of the three forces was taken at a high-level meeting Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held with Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs, sources said.

They said the Navy is increasing its deployment in the Indian Ocean Region to send across a strong message to the Chinese Navy.

The sources said the armed forces will respond with a “firm approach” to any act of aggression by the Chinese Army henceforth.

They said Indian Navy is also expected to adopt an aggressive approach in dealing with Chinese naval forays into the Indian Ocean region.

“The Indian Navy has an ace up its sleeves in the Indian Ocean Region should there be a need. It can exercise lot of control. Pressure points can be created which will hurt where it hurts the most,” strategic affairs expert Capt (retd) D K Sharma said.

In the meantime, the two armies held another round of Major General-level talks during which ways to implement an agreement on disengagement between the two sides in several standoff points were discussed.

Several soldiers critically injured, toll to rise

Several Indian Army soldiers are “critically injured” and are undergoing treatment, said government sources on Wednesday adding that “casualties could increase” further in what is being seen as one of the deadliest attack carried out by Chinese People’s Liberation Army at Line of Actual Control.

Government sources said that the number of critically injured personnel is in double digit. Indian Army refused to comment on the numbers and stated that several are injured.

The attack on Indian Army personnel by the Chinese Army happened on Monday night and it continued for almost six to seven hours.

On Tuesday, Indian helicopters flew around 16 times to bring bodies and injured Indian Army personnel from the site of attack at Galwan Valley in Ladakh region, government sources said. Four bodies of Indian Army personnel were flown to Leh from Galwan on Wednesday morning.


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