Scouts joins Indian army to thwart potential Chinese aggression in Ladakh

Indian soldiers guard a highway leading to the Ladakh region. Photo: DPA. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

NEW DELHI, Jul 8, 2020, DNA. As border tensions with China escalates, the Ladakh Scouts have joined the Indian Army to give a befitting reply to Chinese aggression on the high hills of Ladakh, DNA India reported.

The Ladakh scouts battalions have been deployed at the Line of Actual Control as the ongoing border tension between India and China rages on. These soldiers have been recruited from Ladakh as they are well versed in the geography of the area. The ‘Ladakh Scouts’ are appropriately called he eyes and ears of other soldiers who are stationed in the region.

As of now, there are 5 battalions in the Ladakh Scouts Regiment. The regiment constitutes youths who lived in the most difficult terrains of Ladakh. They are also skilled enoght to survive on this barren land.

They are posted in small teams in the difficult terrains of the LAC.

The ‘Ladakh Scouts’ are trained to function in extremely cold weathers, and high altitude operations.

Notably, in 1947, Ladakhi youth formed had formed 7th and 14th Jammu and Kashmir militia, which took positions in areas like Daulat Beg Oldi, Galvan, Hot Spring, Pangang, Chushul during the 1962 Chinese attack.

The ‘Ladakh Scouts’ were formed from these two battalions which was turned into a regiment after their impressive display of courage and valour in 1999 Kargil war.

Meanwhile, India and China have agreed to de-escalate along the LAC with the Chinese troops retracting from their positions. India’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Monday spoke with Wang Yi, State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, to discuss de-escalation along the India-China border in eastern Ladakh.

The border dispute reached a fever pitch after Indian and Chinese troops clashed in Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh last month in which at least 20 Indian Jawans died.

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