Army Commander Reviews Preparedness In Ladakh

Jammu- Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi on Monday visited forward areas in western Ladakh and reviewed the operational preparedness of the troops, officials said.

Lt Gen Dwivedi was received by top Army officials of 14 Corps and he was briefed about the security situation in the area, they said.

He later visited forward areas along the Batalik sub-sector and reviewed operational preparedness in the belt, the officials said.

Lt Gen Dwivedi exhorted troops of the Tiger Hill bridge to remain alert and excel and emerge victorious in all scenarios, they said.

Pertinently, Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande on Saturday had carried out a comprehensive review of the overall security situation in eastern Ladakh, two days after Indian and Chinese militaries began disengaging from Patrolling Point 15 in the Gogra-Hotsprings area in the region.

The eastern Ladakh border standoff erupted on May 5, 2020, following a violent clash in the Pangong lake areas. Both sides gradually enhanced their deployment by rushing in tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weaponry.

The ministry’s comment on September 9 had come a day after the Indian and Chinese armies had announced that they had begun to disengage from the Gogra-Hotsprings Patrolling Point 15.

External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi had said that according to the agreement, “the disengagement process in this area started on September 8 at 8:30 am and will be completed by September 12”.

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