Amidst reports of increased Chinese troop build-up along the border with India, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chef, Central Command, Lt Gen Balwant Singh Negi on Thursday carried out reconnaissance of the border with Tibet in Himachal Pradesh.
Although this part of the border comes under the operational control of the Chandimandir-based Western Command, however, Lt Gen Negi took stock of the deployment of Indian troops as a composite look at the preparedness all along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) stretching from Cental and Western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to Himachal Pradesh. During his visit to the forward areas in Himachal Pradesh where he was briefed on operational issues.
The Lucknow headquartered Central Command is responsible for looking after the border with China along the UP-Uttarakhand axis. Lieutenant General Negi started the reconnaissance on Wednesday and concluded it today with a visit to Shimla. He visited Headquarters of Army Training Command (ARTRAC) at Shimla and interacted with the GOC-in-C ARTRAC, Lt Gen PM Hariz.
A US Department of defence report had recently stated that it had been observed that the Chinese had increased its force levels in areas close to the border with India. The Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh, has also visited the Lucknow-based headquarters of Central Command a few days back to take stock of the situation while the Eastern Army Commander, Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, has also been visiting his forward operational areas in the past couple of days.