Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reached Ladakh to review situation on the ground after a violent face-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers.
The prime minister said will visit the hospital in Nimu near Leh where soldiers who were injured in the June 15 skirmish are recovering. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in the face-off; China has not disclosed how many casualties its troops suffered.
He posted a picture of his interaction with the soldiers in Nimu on his Instagram page. “Interacting with our brave armed forces personnel at Nimu,” he captioned the photo which shows PM Modi sitting in a camuoflage tent.
Located at 11,000 feet, Nimu is among the toughest terrains, on the banks of river Indus and surrounded by the Zanskar range.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane.
General Rawat is in East Ladakh sector today to review the tri-services preparedness against the aggressive People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as well as understand the proposed de-escalation and disengagement process at the four stand-off points.
As an Army Chief, General Rawat stood up to Chinese PLA at Doklam plateau on India-Bhutan-China tri-junction for 73 days in 2017.
Although the Ministry of External Affairs spokesman on Thursday called for expeditious dis-engagement from the border, the de-escalation process will take time with the PLA not in the mood to walk the talk between the two governments on ground.