Indian Army Chief Says Commanders To Be Prepared Before August 15

Indian Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane has asked top military commanders in the Central and Eastern sectors to be prepared for any eventuality.

Jessica David

August 14, 2020

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Amid the ongoing border tensions with China, Indian Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane firmly told military commanders to be prepared for any “eventuality” and maintain highest operational preparedness. He gave the remarks during his recent visit to the Tezpur-based four Corps, which looks after the China border with Arunachal Pradesh. The Army Chief was on a two-day visit to Eastern Command where he was briefed on the Indian and Chinese deployments and build up along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) there. The Chinese Army has maintained four to five Combined Arms Brigades.

These Combined Arms Brigades are like the Integrated Battle Groups being set up by the Indian Army for warfighting. The Indian Army has deployed around 40,000 troops along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh to tackle the heavy build-up by China. The Chinese Army has also made significant deployments opposite Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. During the talks with the Indian side, the Chinese refused to disengage from the Finger area completely and have been raising insignificant issues to buy time.

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