India-China tension in eastern Ladakh: Civilian traffic, phone network suspended

India-China tension in eastern Ladakh: Civilian traffic, phone network suspended

Srinagar: On Monday following the fresh tussle between the Indo-Sino forces in the eastern region of Ladakh, the Srinagar-Leh highway was closed for civilian movement.

The most of the people with vehicle were stopped as army movement on this highway has increased many folds in the past days as more and more troops were being sent to Ladakh region due to the fresh tension at several points including Pangong Tso Lake between Indian and Chinese troops.

The civilian traffic was resumed later in the evening to facilitate those stranded in Sonamarg, Ganderbal and Srinagar in order to reach their destination.

Officials in Srinagar said that an Army convoy comprising around 250 vehicles were on the highway from Sonamarg, the highway connecting Kashmir with Kargil.

The Mobile network has been suspended in the eastern Ladakh since Sunday afternoon after heavy movement of troops was first reported from Leh towards Chushul, Pangong Tso and Galwan Valley, the major hotspots in the region.

As per locals living along the strategic 434-km long Srinagar-Leh national highway, which passes through Ganderbal district in central Kashmir, they haven’t seen such an increase in troop movement since the Kargil war in 1999.

Reportedly as of now, armies of India and China are matching each other in strength with the Indian Army ready to repel any Chinese aggression along the 1597-km-long LAC in cold desert Ladakh.


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