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Report claims additional troops moved to Arunachal Pradesh amid Ladakh standoff; Army denies special movement

Amid a fresh flare-up in tensions with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army is reported to have moved additional troops to the border in Arunachal Pradesh to effectively tackle any possible misadventure by the neighbour there.

A report said India has been moving troops to the eastern front since June when clashes erupted on the western border.

It may be recalled that Indian and Chinese Army troops had clashed on the intervening night of June 15 and 16 at Galwan Valley. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in the clashes, including a Colonel.

An unspecified number of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops were also killed in the incident. Indian and American intelligence assessment put the number at 35, with China not having disclosed the number so far.

That was the first loss of life on the India-China de-facto border in decades.

Fresh confrontation at Pangong Tso (lake) in eastern Ladakh, in the Chushul subsector, has heightened the tensions, with troops from both sides reported to be within firing range of each other.

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