सैटेलाइट तस्वीरों से पता चलता है कि चीन पूर्वी लद्दाख में पैंगोंग झील के करीब खुदाई कर रहा है

सैटेलाइट तस्वीरों से पता चलता है कि चीन पूर्वी लद्दाख में पैंगोंग झील के करीब खुदाई कर रहा है

Satellite images show China digging in close to Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh

In Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district, two Indian soldiers and four terrorists were killed in two separate encounters.

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Satellite images show China digging in close to Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh

In Kulgam district, Jammu and Kashmir, two Indian soldiers and four terrorists were killed in two separate encounters on Saturday. The clashes occurred in Frisal Chinnigam and Modergam areas, located in the south of Kashmir. Drone footage from the Frisal Chinnigam area revealed the presence of four bodies, but due to ongoing firing, the bodies have not yet been retrieved.

In the first encounter at Frisal Chinnigam, intense fighting broke out between the security forces and terrorists. Indian Army soldiers were seen maintaining a tight guard at the site, ensuring the area remained secure amid the exchange of gunfire. The terrain and the presence of civilian structures in the vicinity posed significant challenges for the soldiers. However, their strategic positioning and constant vigilance allowed them to neutralize the terrorists effectively.

The second encounter took place in the Modergam area, where the security forces acted on specific intelligence inputs regarding the presence of terrorists. This operation also saw heavy exchange of fire. Despite the loss of two soldiers, the forces succeeded in eliminating the terrorist threat. The operation demonstrated the Indian Army's commitment to maintaining peace and security in the region, despite the high risks involved.

On the same day, satellite images have revealed significant military developments by China in the Pangong Lake area of eastern Ladakh. The images, provided by BlackSky, a US-based firm, show the People's Liberation Army (PLA) constructing underground bunkers and hardened shelters for armored vehicles at a base on the northern shore of the lake. This base, built during 2021-22, features underground bunkers that can store weapons, fuel, and other supplies. It is located at Sirjap, about 5 kilometers from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in an area claimed by India.

The satellite images, captured on May 30, show eight sloping entrances to a large underground bunker and another smaller bunker with five entrances nearby. These facilities indicate China's intent to reinforce its military capabilities in the region, which has been a point of contention between India and China, especially since the standoff at the LAC began in May 2020.

The base also includes large buildings for headquarters, hardened shelters for armored vehicles, and other infrastructure to protect against airstrikes. The construction of these facilities highlights China's preparation for a prolonged presence in the area. Experts suggest that these developments are designed to protect China's military assets from potential airstrikes and enhance their operational readiness in the region.

An analyst from BlackSky, speaking anonymously, mentioned that the base hosts extensive storage facilities for armored vehicles, test ranges, and buildings for fuel and munitions storage. The current state of the base includes artillery and defensive positions reinforced by large berms, connected by a network of roads and trenches not visible on public mapping applications.

The base's strategic location, more than 120 kilometers southeast of the Galwan Valley, where a brutal skirmish in June 2020 resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers and at least four Chinese troops, underscores its importance. The military buildup in this region continues to be a significant concern for India, as both nations seek to assert their claims over the disputed territories.

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