Changed rules of engagement along LACJun 24, 2020 07:28 AM
As the face-off continues at the India-China border, the Indian Army has changed the rules of engagement along LAC, also called the Line of Actual Control. The use of firearms has been sanctioned under "extraordinary" circumstances, as reported. The Indian Army has been given the freedom to tackle the situations in a way, they want to. The same has been stated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Agreements were signed in 1996 and 2005 regarding the previous rules of engagement. Under those previous rules, none of the sides could open fire on the other side. Also, the two countries had to prevent the usage of firearms or the blasting explosives around the LAC. To be specific, both sides had agreed to not using these within 2 kilometers of the LAC. However, changes have been made to these rules now pertaining to the prevailing situations in the valley. The rules were changed within a week of the clashes that took between the Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley of Eastern Ladakh in which 20 soldiers attained martyrdom.
The skirmishes continued as the Indian troops were attacked with rocks, iron rods, and clubs. The clashes took place near Patrol Point 14. The exact number of Chinese troopers who got hurt or killed in the clashes has not yet been revealed by the government or the army. However, sources reveal that the total number of Chinese soldiers who got killed is expected to be 45. The clashes taking place in the valley are said to be the worst in the last 45 years.