In an apparent move to check Chinese aggression, the Indian Army has moved its units responsible for counter-terrorism operations in Jammu and Kashmir to eastern Ladakh.
“Around 15,000 troops from the J&K-based counter-terrorism formation were moved to the Ladakh sector several months ago to tackle the Chinese aggression,” sources privy to the development told India Today TV.
They added that these troops have been deployed in the Ladakh sector for “quite some time now” and would be assisting the Leh-based 14 Corps headquarters to effectively counter any future move by the People’s Liberation Army.
In view of China’s aggression along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh last year, India has increased its troops’ deployment. Instead of one division, the Ladakh sector now has two full divisions, along with additional armoured and other units.
The Indian Army’s 17 Mountain Strike Corps recently received a major boost in the form of 10,000 additional troops and firepower to carry out its tasks along the India-China border.