Recognizing the need to alter some of the earlier agreements made with the Chinese Government, the Indian government has decided to strengthen the Indian Army’s powers to deal with the on-ground situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). This has allowed the Army to change the rules of engagement along the LAC (Line of Actual Control) with China, empowering field commanders to sanction the use of firearms under ”extraordinary” circumstances.
Under previous rules of engagement applicable as per the agreements signed in 1996 and 2005 by the UPA government, neither side could open fire on each other within 2 kilometers range along the LAC. The two countries had also agreed not to use blasting explosives or firearms to safeguard the ecological balance as well as restrict the tension between the two armies.
These changes have been brought in place following the recent battle between the Indian and Chinese armies at Galwan Valley. It is reported that the Indian Army lost 20 of its brave soldiers whereas more than 40-45 Chinese soldiers also died the brutal death.
As per the reports, the Chinese Army has started removing its temporary establishments along the Galwan Valley in a process to deescalate the tension. India’s MEA S Jaishankar had asked his Chinese counterpart to follow the points of the agreement that was laid down on June 6 high-level meet between the two armies.
It is also reported that India has rushed heavy artilleries, including the Bofors tanks to the Ladakh region. The Indian Army has specified that India is ready to handle any and every situation arising at the LAC and will give a befitting reply to its enemies.