Mumbai: Indian Army T-90 tanks and BMP infantry combat vehicles practiced in Stakna, Leh on Friday in the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Defense Staff Chief Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General MM Narwana.
The defence minister saw para-dropping and scooping weapons here. He also inspected the Pika machine gun.
Soldiers of the armed forces conducted para-draping exercises here in the presence of the Defense Minister and Army officials.
The Defence Minister is on a two-day visit to Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir. He will take stock of the situation on both the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and the Line of Control (LOC).
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Leh on Friday for a one-day visit to comprehensively review the security scenario in the region in view of the borderline with China.
His visit coincides with the sudden arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Ladakh on 3 July, during which he addressed the troops and indicated the country’s tenacity in dealing with the India-China borderline.
— ANI (@ANI) July 17, 2020
Singh was originally scheduled to visit Ladakh on 3 July but the trip was postponed.
Indian and Chinese troops were locked in bitter deadlock at several places in eastern Ladakh for five weeks from May 5.
Tensions rose manifold after violent clashes in the Galvan valley in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed.
However, after a series of diplomatic and military talks, the two sides began a mutual disintegration process on 6 July and withdrew troops from most friction points.