Leh-based XIV Corps gets new commander

Leh-based XIV Corps gets new commander

Lieutenant General PGK Menon, who had been at the forefront of the Indian side during the corps commander-level talks about the 21-month standoff with China in eastern Ladakh, handed over command of the XIV ‘Fire and Fury’ Corps to a new officer on Wednesday. . The incoming officer is Lieutenant General Anindya Sengupta, who was stationed at the Delhi headquarters.

Sengupta was part of the latest round of corps commander-level talks with China in October, which ended in stalemate.

Awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva medal in November, Sengupta has held several important positions during his career. Most recently, he served on the Headquarters Complaints and Advisory Board as a Major General.

In August 2019, when Article 370 was repealed, Sengupta was the head of the Victor Force, responsible for all counter-insurgency operations in northern Kashmir. He had previously served in the Leh-based XIV Corps as a colonel, and later he was also on the Siachen Glacier.

Sengupta will now lead the Indian delegations in subsequent rounds of talks with China on the confrontation.

Menon had been leading the Indian delegation since the eighth round of discussions in November 2020, but he had also been part of the discussions even in the sixth and seventh rounds of talks. It was in the ninth round of discussions between corps commanders that the breakthrough was made to disconnect from the north and south banks of the Pangong Tso in January 2021.

He had replaced Lieutenant General Harinder Singh in October 2020.

The dates of the fourteenth round of talks have yet to be decided.

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During the twelfth round, the two sides agreed to withdraw from Patrolling Point (PP) 17A at Gogra Post. India had hoped to part ways with PP15 at Hot Springs during the 13th round, but the meeting ended in a stalemate, with both sides blaming each other. While India had said the standoff was caused by China’s unilateral attempts to alter the status quo, China said India was “unrealistic and unreasonable” in its demands and should appreciate the hard-won situation.

The Army had said in a statement that India made constructive suggestions, and that China disagreed with them and did not come up with any “forward-looking proposals” as the two sides “focused on solving the remaining problems” throughout. Of the C. .

“The meeting, therefore, did not result in the resolution of the remaining areas,” the Army statement had said.

Aside from PP15, where each side has a platoon-sized force of soldiers, there are two more outstanding issues. First, in Depsang Plains, Chinese troops have been preventing Indian soldiers from accessing their five traditional patrol points in the region: PP10, PP11, PP11A, PP12, and PP13. China does not allow Indian troops to move beyond an area known as the bottleneck, which is 18 kilometers from LAC. The area is of strategic importance as it is located just 30 km southeast of the important Daulat Beg Oldie post and airstrip in the north, near the Karakoram Pass.

In addition, officials have said that the “so-called civilians” pitched tents on the Indian side of LAC in Demchok and have refused to vacate the area. Demchok is near the south of eastern Ladakh.

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Both India and China had withdrawn from PP14 in the Galwan Valley in June, after troops engaged in violent hand-to-hand combat that resulted in the deaths of 20 Indians and at least four Chinese soldiers.

In February 2021, both parties withdrew from the north shore of Pangong Tso and into the Chushul subsector. The confrontation in the region was extremely delicate, as the two armies had their troops and tanks only a few hundred meters apart in certain places.

After months of stagnation, the advance of the PP17A occurred in late July and the troops withdrew in early August. In all these places, a temporary buffer zone has been created, and troops cannot patrol there until the entire confrontation is resolved.

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