Antony, defence chiefs meet on security measures along border

In the wake of reports suggesting presence of Chinese soldiers in parts of J&K along India`s eastern borders, Defence Minister A K Antony today reviewed the security scenario with the three services chiefs.

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2010, 22:02 PM IST

New Delhi: In the wake of reports suggesting
presence of Chinese soldiers in parts of Jammu and Kashmir
held by Pakistan and deployment of missiles along India`s
eastern borders, Defence Minister A K Antony today reviewed
the security scenario with the three services chiefs.

"The Defence Minister reviewed the security situation in
the meeting with the chiefs of Army, Air Force and the Navy
and the defence secretary in South Block," Ministry sources
said here.

The meeting reviewed the preparedness of armed forces
after reports emerged about Chinese military posturing along
Indian borders and presence of more than 11,000 Chinese troops
in Gilgit and Baltistan-- Indian areas under Pakistani
occupation, they added.

It is also said to have discussed military ties with
China, which received a big blow when Beijing refused to allow
an Indian defence delegation led by Northern Army commander
Lieutenant General B S Jaswal to visit there.

The Defence Minister is also said to have discussed the
plans to strengthen defence preparedness along the Chinese
border with the military leadership.

In the recent past, India has taken several steps to
increase its military presence along the borders with China.

Some of the steps taken by the government include
deployment of two squadrons of air superiority Su-30 MKI
fighters in Tezpur and Chhabua air bases in Assam, raising of
two additional Mountain divisions of the Army there and
upgradation of old military strips in Ladakh and Arunachal
Pradesh.

The Army is also planning to procure and deploy light
tanks in mountainous frontiers and more than 70 strategic
roads are also being constructed for swift movement for troops
along the borders with China.

PTI