Now the responsibility of guarding China’s border will be managed by two divisions. The headquarters of the newly deployed department and some other parts have reached Ladakh.
New Delhi: After a year of tension with China in Ladakh, the Indian Army has decided to set up additional divisions in East Ladakh in a major reshuffle. Until now, only one department was responsible for the security of the region. Following this decision, the Leh-based Fire and Fury Corps (14th Corps) will have a total of three divisions.
How many troops are there in Division 1?
So far this corps had only two divisions. These divisions are different from the four divisions that were deployed by the Indian Army after tensions with China began last year. The army division has about 15,000 troops. The 14th Corps is the only force in the army that provides security from Pakistan, ie drugs, from Kargil to Siachen and from China, ie East Ladakh.
Two departments will protect the LAC
Till now there were two divisions, one on the Pakistan front and the other on the East Ladakh i.e. China front. One of these divisions has now been expanded, meaning that two divisions will now be responsible for guarding China’s borders. The headquarters of the newly deployed department and some other parts have reached Ladakh. Their responsibility is to protect the 626 km long Actual Control (LAC) in East Ladakh.
Tensions rose in May last year
The LAC extends from the Shaksgam Valley in Ladakh to the Himachal border. China has deployed large numbers of its troops and tankers in eastern Ladakh since tensions with China began in the northern part of Pengang and Galvan on May 5 last year. India also counter-attacked and deployed four additional divisions here.
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There are 50-50 thousand troops deployed face to face in East Ladakh
All these installations are still going on and 50-50 thousand troops from both sides are facing East Ladakh. On 10 February, China announced the withdrawal of troops from the northern shore of Pengang Lake and parts of Chusul, which India accepted, but the situation in the rest of eastern Ladakh remained the same.