NEW DELHI: Following the killing of 20 of its soldiers at the hands of Chinese forces at Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, the Indian government has instructed its armed forces to move to forward positions.
According to reports circulating in Indian media, the Modi government has given powers to the armed forces to make emergency procurement to stock up its war reserves in the wake of escalating conflict with China along the Line of Actual Control, and asked Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat to coordinate with the three services on prioritizing the requirements, where necessary.
The reports further suggest that the Indian government asked its Navy to deploy its assets near the Malacca Strait and, if needed, anywhere else in the Indo-Pacific to counter Chinese action.
Besides this, Indian Air Force assets too have been moved up to forward locations. India media too displayed visuals purporting to show the deployment of additional troops in Ladakh.
It is pertinent to mention here that there has not been any single official word from the Indian government about these reported deployments and all such reports have quoted ‘sources’.