On the second day of his visit to Ladakh, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat visited forward locations along the LAC. General Rawat is in Ladakh to review the overall military preparedness as thousands of Indian and Chinese troops remained deployed in a high state of combat readiness in various mountainous locations in the region amid the eight-month-long border standoff.
General Bipin Rawat visits Ladakh
Official sources said on Tuesday that Gen Rawat has been briefed by Lt Gen PGK Menon, the commander of the Leh-based 14 Corps, popularly known as Fire and Fury Corps, and other senior military officials on the dynamic security matrix in eastern Ladakh. Later in the evening, General Rawat might leave for Kashmir, where he will take stalk of the situation of security in Jammu and Kashmir. In his two day visit to Ladakh just before the Army Day is being seen as a morale booster for the troops deployed on the eastern border.
The visit of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to Ladakh comes days after he toured several key installations including “forward most air maintained” posts in Dibang Valley, Lohit sector and Subansiri valley near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh. “The CDS will review the overall security scenario in the eastern Ladakh region,” said a source.
The Army and the Indian Air Force(IAF) has been maintaining a high state of operational readiness along the nearly 3,500-km LAC with China in view of the military standoff in eastern Ladakh.