Indian Army Shock Area “Stopped”, PLA Blocks 8km Pangong Stretch | India News
Chinese troops have also taken control of the heights to dominate the ‘Finger-4 to 8’ (mountainous spurs) area on the north bank of Pangong Tso, deftly using the time when bilateral military talks were underway in the confrontations. of troops at Patrol Points 14, 15, and 17 in the Galwan Valley and Gogra-Hot Springs areas.
Official sources said Saturday that the Indian army is now “holding” the area near PP-14 in the Galwan Valley region, which was the site of the bloody skirmish that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and 76 wounded on June 15. . After the confrontation, the army said: “Indian and Chinese troops have disconnected in the Galwan area where they had previously clashed on the night of June 15/16, 2020.”
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“The two rival armies are more or less on their own sides of the royal line of control (LAC) in the Galwan region. But there is no separation (in the broadest sense), with the military accumulation present on both sides, “said an official source.
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The confrontation of troops on the north bank of Pangong Tso, located at an altitude of 13,900 feet across the Changla Pass, is much more serious. The People’s Liberation Army (EPL), after a clash between rival troops there from May 5 to 6, has been constantly blocking all Indian patrols going from west to east from the Finger-4 to 8 area, such as TOI has been reporting since last month.
“All maps of the Indian Army show that LAC runs north-south on Finger-8. With an ITBP post between Finger-3 and Finger-4, our patrols have been climbing Finger-8 for years. But the EPL has refused to discuss its occupation from finger 4 to 8 since early last month, “said a senior official.
In 1999, while India’s attention was diverted during the Kargil conflict with Pakistan, China had surreptitiously constructed a dirt track that reached the Finger-4 area from its eastern rear bases at Sirijap-1 and 2. Subsequently , the EPL also turned black. finished off
“PLA troops, often in vehicles from their station on Finger-8 and Sirijap, used to patrol the area. But they had never physically occupied the area despite being claimed up to Finger 2, ”said the officer.
“But now, they’ve built a series of defenses from finger 4 to 8, while also occupying the heights. It will be difficult to get them out of there, ”he added. Obviously, India wants a return to the status quo ante, with the removal of the PLA from the “Finger 4” area and the demolition of all its fortifications there, but that will require some work.