Days after the confrontation in Burtse, Ladakh, Home Minister Rajnath Singh will undertake his first visit to the border areas on Monday. During the three-day trip, Singh is first expected to visit forward areas along the borders with Pakistan and then China, including Chumar in eastern Ladakh, which saw a fortnight-long stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops a year ago.
During his visit to the forward areas of Jammu and Kashmir, he will inaugurate a new officers’ mess at the camp of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force in Samba and may also go to posts in the sector, which often witnessed firing from across the border.
Singh will then visit border posts in Chumar in eastern Ladakh, where Indian and Chinese troops had a standoff in September 2014. It will be followed by a visit to the police memorial in Hot Spring and ITBP posts in Thakung and Chushul, official sources said.
Following a flag meeting at Spanggur Gap, both the forces had decided to de-escalate the standoff by pulling back troops in the Himalayan plateau after a fortnight last year.
The Home Minister is also expected to chair a meeting with local administration and Border Roads Organisation on development activities being carried out in the forward areas.
India-Pak flag meet today
Amid the ongoing ceasefire violations along the Line of Control, India and Pakistan will holding a flag meeting at Chakkan Da Bagh in Poonch sector on Monday.
“The field commanders from both sides will discuss modalities to defuse the tense situation,”said a Defence Ministry spokesperson at Udhampur, adding “the ceasefire violations had escalated in the past few days, resulting in a large number of civilian casualties and collateral damage to properties”.
Monday’s flag meeting follows the Director General-level meeting between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers in Delhi last week, wherein both sides agreed to maintain ceasefire along the international border.