From Sikkim to Arunachal: India Beefs up Troops
India also trying to defuse tension through flag meetings between Indian Army & PLA ‘We have raised our alertness level and are taking precautions due to the Chinese rhetoric’
New Delhi: India has beefed up its troop strength along the Line of Actual Control from Sikkim to Arunachal Pradesh in the face of Beijing’s aggressive rhetoric on the current standoff between the Indian and Chinese troops. In the meanwhile, India is also trying to defuse tension through flag meetings betweenitsArmyandtheChinesePLA.
However,aquestionmarkhangsover theceremonialborderpersonnelmeetings (BPMs) between the two armies onAugust15.Currently,thesituationis tense and the Army has “marginally” increased deployment along the LAC fromSikkimtoArunachalPradesh.
“We have raised our alertness level and are taking precautions due to the Chinese rhetoric. So we have marginally increased our troop strengthintheeastern sector from Sikkim to Arunachal Pradesh,” said a senior government official.
Indian Army’s three important formations — 33 Corps, 3 Corps and 4 Corps, which are to be pitted against the PLA in case of a conflict — have been beefed up. The 4 Corps was one of the mainformationswhichfoughtagainst the PLA during the 1962 war. The strength in Dokalam, the place where standoff is taking place, remains the same.EvenChinahasincreasedtroop deployment on its side of the LAC.
Throughouttheyear,Indiansoldiers deployedalongtheLineof Controland theLAC—fromLadakhtoArunachal Pradesh — are in a state of ‘no war no peace’. Security experts have told ET that Indian troops dominate the PLA atimportantlocationsinSikkim,soif anything bad has to happen it could happen in other areas. A flag meeting between Major General-level officers of the Indian Army and PLA was scheduled at Nathu La in Sikkim on Friday. Brigadier-level officers of the two armieshadmetearlierthisweek.“Inthe previousmeeting,IndiatoldChinanot to change the status quo, meaning
Indian soldiers deployed along LoC and LAC are in a state of ‘no war no peace’
don’t construct road towards the Jampheri Ridge until the standoff ends and the ownership of the disputed territory (Dokalam plateau) is decided between Bhutan and China. Chinatoldustowithdrawtroops,”said another senior government official.
Meanwhile, India is waiting to see if the PLA will accept its invite to hold border personnel meetings on August 15. The invites will be sent a few days before the Independence Day. “If the Chineseacceptinvitation,itmeansthat relationsareimproving.Thisyear,they didn’t invite us for BPMs during the PLAdayonAugust1,”saidtheofficial.