China Disturbing Flow Of Galwan River Into Ladakh: Report

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New Delhi: China is using bulldozers to disturb the flow of Galwan river into northeast Ladakh in further escalation of hostilities between the two neighbouring nuclear countries, NDTV reported Thursday.

The report based on the high resolution satellite images procured by the English news channel indicate Chinese efforts to block or disturb the flow of the Galwan river in Northeast Ladakh, less than a kilometer from the site of the deadly clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers on June 15 in which 20 Indian officers and men were killed.

The images show Chinese troops using bulldozers on their side of the LAC, the report said. It further says that the flow of the river perceptibly changes at the spot where the bulldozers are seen – from flowing blue waters to a small, muddy stream which becomes imperceptible when it crosses over to the Indian side of the LAC a short distance away.

The report also says that Indian army trucks deployed in the Galwan Valley within two kilometres of the LAC can be seen parked in a mostly dry Galwan river bed. However, the images have not been put out due to security reasons.

The images also indicate the depth of both the Indian and Chinese build-up in the region.

“The images clearly show more than a hundred Chinese vehicles including trucks, military transports and bulldozers along the banks of the Galwan river on their side of the LAC. The Chinese motorcade stretches more than 5 kilometres,” the report says while not showcasing the extent of the substantial Indian Army build up in the contested region.

The report also quotes unnamed senior army officers as saying that the river continued to flow within the Galwan Valley for the moment. It also says that two areas appear to show pre-fabricated huts for accommodation.

“It is believed that Chinese soldiers from these positions surged to the Line of Control on the evening of June 15 where both sides fought pitched battles. Reports suggest that some Indian soldiers were thrown off the cliffs in the area and either fell to their death or were exposed to the extreme cold weather. Reports have also suggested that some soldiers fell into the waters of the Galwan, though, as these images indicate, the river was barely flowing as it crosses the Line of Actual Control,” the report adds.

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