New Delhi, September 13 (KMS): China has mobilised thousands of soldiers, tanks and howitzers within rifle range of Indian army deployment at Spanggur Gap in the southern part of Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh, Indian media reported.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has deployed military in Spanggur Gap, which is between Gurung Hill and Magar Hill, from August 30 after Indian soldiers moved in to occupy tactical heights on the ridge line on the southern bank of Pangong Tso near Chushul at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
In this regard, Indian media quoted a government official, who wished to remain anonymous, as have said “Seeing the Chinese PLA troop and guns mobilisation, the Indian Army too made mirror deployments at Spanggur Gap. Both the countries’ troops and guns are within shooting range”.
The reports said, China has deployed its militia squads to consolidate the border, adding they have been tasked to try and dislodge the Indian Army soldiers from the tactical heights.
At the northern bank of Pangong Lake, the reports said that even as PLA troops continue to occupy positions on Finger 4 mountain spur jutting into the lake, Indian soldiers have occupied some heights overlooking their positions.
India and China are engaged in a four-month-long standoff at the LAC in eastern Ladakh. Despite several levels of dialogue, there has not been any breakthrough on the ground and the deadlock continues.