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Indian Army ‘restricted behind’ from PP14 after LAC shifted by 1 km: Report

The Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China has been shifted into Indian territory by a kilometre after the mutual troop disengagement in Galwan Valley, a media report said.

According to a report in Business Standard, the terms of disengagement, negotiated on June 30 between senior military commanders from both sides, regard the LAC as running through the Y-Nallah Junction. “This is one km inside India, when compared with the LAC’s historical alignment next to Patrolling Point 14 (PP-14),” the report said.

Indian Army has patrolled the area, in which PP-14 is located, for decades. But after the troop disengagement, the area now falls inside China’s “buffer zone”.

As per the agreement, both India and China are permitted to maintain 30 soldiers in its forward ‘tent post’ and another 50 soldiers in its rear ‘tent post’.

“By restricting the Indian presence to “tent camps”, China can continue with its new claim over the entire Galwan River valley – which it has voiced several times in the past two months,” the Business Standard report said.

As per the agreement, the two armies cannot patrol areas ahead of their forward ‘tent posts’.

That effectively means that the Indian Army, which earlier patrolled up to PP-14, have been restricted behind by a distance of 2.4 km from that point. While as Chinese patrols can come up to 400 metres from PP-14.

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