Ladakh Escalation: Leh Highway Closed For Civilian Traffic


An army convoy heading towards Ladakh on Monday as tensions between India and China continues to rise. Pic- Abid Bhat

Srinagar: The authorities on Monday closed Srinagar-Leh Highway for civilian traffic to allow army convoys to ply on the strategic road following escalation in tension between India and Chinese troops in Eastern Ladakh.

The civilian vehicles on way to Ladakh were stopped at Manigam and Sumbal-Sonawari area early Monday morning, a local news agency KNT reported. Quoting an official, the report said that no vehicle was being allowed to move ahead of Sonamarg.

The Srinagar-Leh Highway, however, will remain open for the movement of army convoys, the official added.

Eyewitnesses said that only armoured vehicles were seen plying on Srinagar-Leh highway.

However, a top police said the highway was closed for weather reasons.

He said inclement weather prompted authorities to close the Srinagar-Leh highway for civilian traffic.

The closure of civilian traffic on the Srinagar-Leh highway was also reported by India Today.

The report said that the highway has been closed for the civilians with immediate effect in view of the fresh “provocative” military movements by the Chinese troops on the intervening night of August 29-30 in eastern Ladakh.

“The road will remain open only for the defence forces and vehicles,” the report added.

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