Prime Minister Modi makes surprise visit to Ladakh, Rajnath’s Leh visit postponed
The Prime Minister made the visit amid tensions since May on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between China and India, where senior military officials briefed him on the latest situation.
Leh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) here on Friday morning, where senior military officials updated him of the latest situation. He is also accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Makarand Narwane.
The Prime Minister is traveling at a time when tensions on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between China and India have been increasing since May, which has intensified in recent times. In this context, his sudden visit is considered very significant.
A defence spokesman said that the Prime Minister suddenly arrived at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on Friday morning and held talks with Army, Air Force and ITBT officials. He said that the senior Army officers provided with full details of the actual situation along the Line of Actual Control to the Prime Minister. He said that the Prime Minister also met soldiers on the occasion and encouraged them to perform their duties in difficult conditions.
Meanwhile, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s scheduled visit to Leh on Friday has been postponed. Earlier, General Manoj Mukund Naravane visited the Line of Actual Control in East Ladakh on June 24 to assess the current ground situation.
It is clear that there were armed clashes between the Chinese and Indian forces on the night of 15 and 16 June along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, killing 20 Indian military personnel, including a colonel, and injuring dozens of others. China also suffered heavy casualties but has refused to accept it. After this deadly clash, the atmosphere of fear and terror has faded in the Union Territory of Ladakh.
People’s concern has increased over the movement of military and military vehicles on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway. According to sources, the Army has delivered military equipment for the current situation including artillery, missiles, tanks, and fighter jets and through the Srinagar-Leh highway and Indian Air Force aircraft to the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
However, defence sources said that military equipment is being brought to Ladakh for defence and not for war. India is in favour of finding a solution to the problem through dialogue. While China has asserted its authority over the entire Galwan Valley, people in Ladakh say Chinese activities on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) have become a headache as these people are slowly entering Indian territory.