New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the attempts to peacefully restore the status quo ante in eastern Ladakh, the Indian side at Galwan Valley has beefed up its preparations for any Chinese aggression in the region. 

The Indian Army has deployed six T-90 Bhishma tanks and top-of-the-line shoulder-fired anti-tank missile systems in the Galwan Valley sector, Hindustan Times reported. 

The tactical deployment has taken place before the third Corp Commander level meeting between Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, and Major General Liu Lin, in Ladakh’s Chushul which is currently ongoing since 10:30 am on Tuesday.

To ward off any Chinese misstep, the Indian Army is also reportedly strengthening its positions on the peaks of Galwan Valley on the Indian side of LAC.

The decision to deploy T-90 Bhishma tanks was taken after the Chinese side positioned itself in the Galwan river with armoured personnel carriers and troop tents, Hindustan Times reported.

Also, India continues the deployment of infantry combat vehicles along with 155mm howitzers, which have been deployed all along 1597 km long Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. Two tank regiments have also been deployed in the strategically volatile Chushul sector to ward off any Chinese misstep.

The Chinese side has deployed surface to air missile systems to counter any Indian fighters since its nearest airbase is located 240 km from LAC.

Reports have suggested that Indian Army is better equipped to counter any threat by combat, due to its better acclimatisation with the high-altitude situations and forever combative stimulus which it has to confront in Siachen and sectors of Dras among others. Indian Army personnel also serve in the Army for seventeen years as compared to two-year conscription under which Chinese foot soldiers serve.

Earlier, the Corp Commander level meeting on June 22 which took place in the Moldo post on Chinese side had underlined “mutual consensus to disengage”, but even after that, the reports have emerged contrary to the Chinese promise of disengagement.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma