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Indian Army Has Captured All Critical Heights South of Pangong Lake in Ladakh: Sources

In this September 14, 2017 file photo, Pangong lake is seen near the India-China border in India's Ladakh area. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, file)

In this September 14, 2017 file photo, Pangong lake is seen near the India-China border in India's Ladakh area. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, file)

Sources said the Indian Army is now in dominating position at this point in the Ridge area on the southern bank of the Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh.

The Indian Army has captured all positions and posts in the Ridge area on the southern bank of the Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh, government sources told News18 on Wednesday amid escalating tensions on the border with China.

“We haven’t entered their (Chinese) location, but dominated our posts. We are in dominating position at this point,” a source said.

“India is committed to border security under PM Narendra Modi and we hope China will come for a peaceful border solution now,” the source added.

Both countries had held Brigade Commander-level talks on Tuesday in Chushul on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) following the latest confrontation which was triggered by the Chinese military’s “provocative movements” on the southern bank of Pangong lake. China’s attempt to change the status quo on the intervening night of August 29 and 30 was thwarted by Indian troops.

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China has denied that it started the latest flare-up, with an embassy spokeswoman in New Delhi accusing Indian troops of trespassing across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) - the de facto border - and conducting “flagrant provocations".

India and China were earlier engaged in a confrontation on the northern bank of Pangong lake but it was for the first time that such an incident occurred on its southern bank.

This is the first major incident in the area after the Galwan Valley clashes on June 15 in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed. China also suffered casualties but is yet to make the details public. According to an American intelligence report it was 35.

Both sides then agreed to pull back with military chiefs in the region holding five rounds of talks.

first published:September 02, 2020, 11:07 IST