August 6, 2020 | 9:39 AM IST
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviews weapons in Leh amid rising tension at LAC

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reached Leh on Friday to review the security preparations in the region in view of the escalating tension with China at the Line Of Actual (LAC) in Ladakh. The Minister is accompanied with Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane. 

The Minister tweeted on early Friday morning, “Leaving for Leh on a two-day visit to Ladakh and Jammu-Kashmir. I shall be visiting the forward areas to review the situation at the borders and also interact with the Armed Forces personnel deployed in the region. Looking forward to it.”  

In honour of the Minister, the Armed Forces troops displayed para-dropping drill at Stakna after which he surveyed the weapons including the Pika machine gun. He then headed for Lukung forward area from Stakna. 

Singh was scheduled to visit Leh on July 3, but it was deferred and instead Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the region and interacted with the soldiers who were injured during the physical combat with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley on May 5. 

About 20 soldiers including a Colonel were martyred in the stand-off.  Since then several military and diplomatic-level meeting have been held between the two nations.   

Singh will leave for Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

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