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General MM Naravane conducts an aerial reconnaissance of the border posts in Uttarakhand, which will probably visit Pithoragarh


Amid continuing tensions with China along the Royal Line of Control in eastern Ladakh, Army Chief General MM Narvane on Thursday carried out an aerial reconnaissance of India’s border posts along the Indochina border in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The army chief conducted an aerial reconnaissance of the Rimkhim, Niti and Laptal border posts (BOPs) in the Chamoli district on Thursday, official sources said.

General Naravane, who began his tour of Uttarakhand on Wednesday with a visit to Mana, the last Indian village on the Indochina border, is believed to have arrived here to review the Army’s operational readiness. After a visit to Mana, the army chief arrived at the brigade headquarters in Joshimath, where he interacted with officers and spent the night. He began his aerial reconnaissance of border points Thursday morning before departing for Nainital, where he will spend the night, sources said.

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General Naravane is likely to visit Pithoragarh on Friday before going to Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh. Although officials were silent about the army chief’s visit, it is believed that he came for a first-hand assessment of the situation on the Indochina border in Uttarakhand and to boost the morale of defense personnel.

The 3,488 km long India-China border stretches through Jammu and Kashmir (1,597 km), Himachal Pradesh (200 km), Uttarakhand (345 km), Sikkim (220 km) and Arunachal Pradesh (1,126 km). China has reportedly made several forays into India at Barahoti in the Chamoli districts of Uttarakahnd a few years ago.

Hindustan Times