Tezpur,(Assam) : Amidst standoff by the forces from the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) at Doklam sector since last month now more Indian troops are being deployed along China border in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh .Indian Air Force has been put on “operational alert “, from today, according to highly placed IAF sources.
Though IAF has been put on operational alert and there has been an enhanced deployment of troops along the entire Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Officials said that it was as part of their annual exercise . 'The troops have been moved in frontier states bordering escalating zones and it is a regular phenomenon . However the deployment is more this time than earlier ' said Defence officials .The major development come a day after talks between the two countries was held at the Major General Level at Border Personnel Meeting( BPM) post at Nathu –La in Sikkim for the first time .
Meanwhile, China has threatened through its state Media Global Times that India need to withdraw its troops from Doklam while India wants China to Clear road-building equipments from the area . Defence experts say that so far , the war is being fought only through the Chinese State Media -- Global Times.
Doklam is the tri junction near Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet where the army standoff of both the countires continue since June 16 .
Sources said that Indian Army’s Sukna –based 33 Crops , as well as 3 and 4 Crops based in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam , are fully geared up to protect the sensitive Sino-Indian border in the eastern theatre .
The IAF airbases in North East are also an high operational alert with combat air patrols being conducted on regular basis , sources said.
The soldiers, deployed over 9,000 feet, have to go through a 14-day-long acclimatization process. The officials, however, said there is no enhancement of troops at the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in Dokalam where around 350 army personnel are holding on to their position for nearly eight weeks after stopping Chinese troops from constructing a road on June 16.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj recently said that If China unilaterally changes the status quo at the trijunction point, then that is a direct challenge to our security. Their demand is that we should withdraw our troops from there. "We want that, if we are having a conversation, if we want to have talks, then both should withdraw their armies. From our side, there is no unreasonable demand”, she added .
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