Indian Army occupied six new major dormant heights in Eastern Ladakh sector

Indian Army occupied six new major dormant heights in Eastern Ladakh sector

Amid tensions with China, the Indian Army has occupied six new major hill features on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the last three weeks.

The six new heights were occupied between August 29 and the second week of September. Top government sources told ANI that the new hill features being occupied by the troops include the Magar hill, Gurung Hill, Recehen La, Rezang La, Mokhpari and the dominating height over Chinese positions near Finger 4.

‘Black Top, Helmet Top hill features are on the Chinese side’

These hill features were lying dormant and the Indian Army occupied them before the Chinese Army which was planning to dominate the heights. Now our troops have an edge over the adversary in those areas, they said.

Sources further told ANI that the foiling of Chinese Army’s attempts in occupying the heights led to the firing of bullets in the air on at least three occasions from the northern bank of Pangong to the southern bank of the lake.

The sources clarified that the Black Top and the Helmet Top hill features are on the Chinese side of the LAC while the heights occupied by the Indian side are on the LAC in Indian territory.

China activates Moldo garrison

After the occupation of heights by the Indian Army, the Chinese Army deployed around 3,000 additional troops including its infantry and armoured troops near the Rezang la and Rechen La heights. Apart from this, the Moldo garrison of the PLA has also has been fully activated with additional troops in the last few weeks by the People’s Liberation Army. After the Chinese betrayal in Galwan Valley in June, India changed the rules of engagement of not using weapons during clashes with the Chinese.

Troops of both the countries are within rifle range at four locations at Pangong Lake in Eastern Ladakh.

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