Army Chief General Bipin Rawat arrived in the Ladakh region today and took stock of the security scenario in the state with the top brass of the Northern Command.
His three-day visit comes nearly a week after a scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops near Pangong Lake in Ladakh. The armies also resorted to stone-throwing.
Sources said General Bipin Rawat chaired a high-level meeting today to discuss the Army’s strategy at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and reviewed the preparations for the President’s visit to Ladakh tomorrow.
President Ram Nath Kovind is visiting Ladakh on his maiden domestic tour. He will present President’s Colours (a rare military honour) to five battalions of the Ladakh Scouts during his one-day visit to the region.
During the function tomorrow, the Army Chief will be accompanied by Northern Command chief Lt Gen D Anbu. The function will be held at Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre in Leh.
Ladakh Scouts had shown extraordinary bravery during the Kargil war in 1999 and was incorporated into the Army in 2001.
Sources said the Army Chief is in Ladakh to encourage Indian soldiers deputed along the Line of Actual Control.