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Army Chief awards five soldiers for Pangong Tso, Galwan grit

Army Chief awards five soldiers for Pangong Tso, Galwan grit
General MM Naravane on his visit to the forward areas in Eastern Ladakh, Wednesday. (Photo: Twitter/@adgpi)

Five Indian soldiers were on Wednesday awarded ‘Commendation Cards’ by Army Chief General M M Naravane for demonstrating exemplary grit and courage in dealing with Chinese troops in two separate clashes in Pangong Tso and Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, sources said.

The Army Chief visited forward areas in eastern Ladakh to meet the troops and held a detailed briefing in Leh about the situation on ground.

General M M Naravane reached Ladakh on Tuesday, accompanied by Northern Army Commander Lt Gen YK Joshi.

The Army chief is scheduled to visit other forward areas in eastern Ladakh on Thursday as part of his tour to review the on-ground military preparedness. This is his first trip to the region after Indian Army lost 20 soldiers in Galwan Valley on June 15.

The Army Chief reviewed the overall security situation in the region with Northern Army Commander Lt Gen YK Joshi, commander of the 14 Corps Lt Gen Harinder Singh and other senior Army officials on both Tuesday and Wednesday, sources said.

“General M M Naravane #COAS visited forward areas in Eastern #Ladakh and reviewed operational situation on the ground. #COAS commended the troops for their high morale and exhorted them to continue working with zeal and enthusiasm,” the Army said in a tweet.

General M M Naravane’s visit to the region came in the midst of China rapidly increasing number of troops and weaponry along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the eastern Ladakh region, including in Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley and Gogra Hot Spring.