New Delhi : In a strategically key move, India has poured in more troops along the entire stretch of its border with China in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in the face of heightened rhetoric by Beijing over the Doklam standoff, senior government officials said on Friday. The “caution level” among the troops has also been raised.
The decision to increase the deployment along the nearly 1,400-km Sino-Indian border from Sikkim to Arunachal Pradesh was taken after carrying out a detailed analysis of the situation and considering China’s aggressive posturing against India on Doklam.
“The troop level along the border with China in the Sikkim and Arunachal sectors has been increased,” said officials on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information.
The Army’s Sukna-based 33 Corps as well as 3 and 4 Corps based in Arunachal and Assam are tasked to protect the sensitive Sino-India border in the eastern theatre.
The officials declined to give any figure or percentage of increased deployment, saying they cannot disclose “operational details”.
Officials, however, said there is no enhancement of troops at the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in Doklam where around 350 army personnel are holding on to their position for nearly eight weeks after stopping Chinese troops from constructing a road on June 16.
China has been ramping up rhetoric against India over the last few weeks, demanding immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from Dokalam. The Chinese state media, particularly, has carried a barrage of critical articles on the Dokalam stand-off slamming India. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj recently said both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place, and favoured a peaceful resolution of the border standoff.