Rajnath Singh reviews situation in Eastern Ladakh


New Delhi, (UNI)

Amid ongoing border row with China in Eastern Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday reviewed of the current situation with top military leadership.

The Defence Minister carried out the review at a meeting with Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria besides several other senior military officials, sources in the Defence Ministry said.

Gen Naravane gave a detailed account of the implementation of the first phase of mutual disengagement of troops from Galwan Valley, Gogra, Hot Springs and Finger 4 areas in Pangong Tso, the sources said.

They said the Army chief apprised the Minister about combat readiness of the Indian Army in the region to deal with any eventualities.

He also presented a detailed update of situation in all the sensitive areas along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh as well as in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim.

As the first phase of the disengagement is nearing completion, government sources said the two sides are set to hold a fourth round of corps commander-level dialogue by early next week.

The meeting would be to finalise modalities for de-induction of troops amassed by both sides in their rear bases along the LAC, the de-facto border between the two countries.

The Indian and Chinese armies were engaged in a standoff in multiple locations in Eastern Ladakh since early May.