PM Modi meets Galwan warriors, says ‘India is proud of you all’

Shimla, July 04 (QNN)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a visit to soldiers of 16 Bihar unit who were injured in the violent clash in Galwan valley during a skirmish with the Chinese army along the Line of Actual Control. 20 Indian soldiers had also been martyred in the same incident. PM Modi took a stock of their situation and also spoke to them. Earlier, he also visited the Nimu post in Leh and addressed the soldiers of Indian Army and ITBP who are deployed there. In a closely guarded move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief Gen M N Naravane landed at Leh on Friday morning to review the tri-services preparedness against the aggressive People‚Äôs Liberation Army (PLA) as well as understand the proposed de-escalation and disengagement process at the four stand-off points. The decision for PM Modi to visit Ladakh sector was taken last evening with National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval handling the last minute detailing with Gen Rawat. PM Modi, Doval and Rawat stood together to face the Chinese aggression in Doklam plateau in 2017. Ladakh and Tibet well over 20 degree Celsius and high velocity winds sweeping the region, air operations in the area are a challenge with weight limits being imposed during take-offs particularly in Russian origin platforms. While IAF will use the air bases in the plains in the worst case scenario, the PLA Air Force will have serious difficulty in operating from Tibetan Plateau. The coming days will also be a test of unproven Chinese air platforms, missiles and land systems as their battle worthiness has never been challenged.