LEH: In a strategically significant move, the

Indian Army

has occupied the height on the southern bank of Pangong Tso in

Ladakh

which will give it an upper hand in the area.

Sources said that on the night of August 29-30, a special operations battalion moved into the area and occupied the heights with Chinese troops barely a few hundred meters away.

“Height occupied by Indian Army troops including a special operations battalion is south of Southern bank of Pangong Tso near Thakung. Height was lying dormant and can give strategic advantage to the side which holds it for controlling the southern bank of lake and areas around it,” said sources.

They said the height is in the area under the Indian side of the LAC but the Chinese also claim it to be on their side.

According to the sources, two brigade commander-level meetings have already been held in Chushul/Moldo to resolve the issue but the talks have not yielded any result.

The

PLA

Western Theater Command had earlier said that Indian troops violated the consensus reached at “multi-level talks” between the two countries.

“Indian troops have violated the consensus reached at the multi-level talks between India and China and again crossed the line of actual control at the border on Monday and purposely launched provocations,” PLA Western Theater Command was quoted as saying by China’s state-run Global Times.

This came after an Indian Army spokesperson said that India has thwarted an attempt by the Chinese army to transgress into Indian areas near the southern bank of Pangong Tso near Chushul in Ladakh on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday and talks are being held now to resolve the issue there.

“On the night of August 29/30, PLA troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements over the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo,” said Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand in a statement.

The Indian Army took measures to strengthen its position and “thwarted Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on the ground”.

India and China are engaged in a standoff since April-May over the transgressions by the Chinese army in multiple areas including Finger area,

Galwan

valley, Hot springs and Kongrung Nala.

While efforts are under way to resolve the ongoing border dispute, India has rejected China’s suggestion to disengage equidistantly from the Finger area in

Eastern Ladakh.

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