Defence

Heightened alert, forces in operational readiness mode amid Chinese aggression in Ladakh

The armed forces have been put in a state of operational readiness in the wake of aggression by the Chinese in Ladakh after 20 Indian army personnel were killed in action in Galwan Valley, sources have said.

A heightened alert has been sounded for the Army, Navy and Air Force.

While the Air Force has moved assets to forward bases, the Navy has enhanced readiness in the Indian Ocean Region to detect any Chinese forays.

Amid rising tensions, the Major General-level talks in Ladakh between the two armies will likely to continue today.

While de-escalation is on the agenda, officials say it cannot be a one-way process. There has been a trust deficit after the brutal clashes on Monday evening as the Chinese army did not adhere to the disengagement plan and came in big numbers to attack the Indian Army patrol.

While India has said 20 soldiers died, China has maintained silent on its casualties. India has maintained that there were casualties on both sides.

While over 70 Indian soldiers were injured, most are stable now. Four, who were in a critical condition, have also recovered and are out of danger now, sources have said.

A violent face-off between Indian troops and soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) took place in the Galwan Valley on the night of June 15 in which 20 Indian army personnel were killed. There is no official word from China on the casualties but reports suggest that the Chinese army too faced losses.

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