Galwan Valley: Chinese post destroyed by Col Santosh Babu is back

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NEW DELHI: A Chinese observation post that had been taken down during the June 15 clash led by Col Santosh Babu has come back again at PP 14 in Galwan valley, sources have confirmed, indicating a breach of trust on the ground.

Tensions have risen after information of a massive construction activity is also coming in, validated by satellite images released during the day that show fresh defences, shelters and heavy construction vehicles at work along PP 14.

Sources said that the observation post had been a point of contention and during talks it had been decided that all structures at PP 14 would be removed. Col Babu had gone along with his troops to verify this when the Chinese attacked. In the melle, the structure was removed but 20 Indian soldiers died, along with an unverified number of Chinese soldiers, including their Commanding Officer.

Satellite images show that the Chinese side has resumed full scale construction activity with a wide road that has come up right to PP 14. Several vehicles are also visible on the other side, which indicate an amassing of troops.

Disengagement at Galwan had been one of the main conditions for military talks when Lt Gen Harinder Singh, the 14 Corps Commander, met his Chinese counterpart on June 22. However, the Chinese structures have come as a surprise, given that both sides had agreed to withdraw and cease activity.

Similar tensions prevail at the Pangong Tso lake as well where Chinese soldiers have occupied the Finger 4 feature and have denied patrolling for Indian troops to a over 50 sq km area along the lake. A build up of forces at Depsang is another major cause for concern, as reported by ET.





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