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Five Indian soldiers killed in J&K, Pak Foreign Minister in India for diplomatic dialogue

The atmosphere wore a solemn and gloomy look around the military camp in Rajouri, where the wreath-laying service of the five slain Indian Army soldiers took place on Saturday morning. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the location alongwith Army Chief General Manoj Pandey. Earlier, on Thursday Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Army’s Northern Command, Lt. General Upendra Dwivedi, reached the ill-fated location and reviewed the ongoing anti-terror operation in Rajouri. Senior Army officials, administrative officials were present on the solemn occasion. The mortal remains were sent to their respective places for last rights.

On Thursday (May 5, 2023), Five soldiers from the elite Special Force were killed while while a Major-ranked officer was injured in Kesari Hill anti-terrorist operation. According to Defence spokesperson, a joint operation was launched on Wednesday and at 7:30 am on Friday, a search team established contact with a group of terrorists well entrenched in a cave. An encounter took place, the security forces killed a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), identified as Abid Wani.

Indian Army lost its five brave soldiers –

(1) Lance Naik Ruchin Singh Rawat from Gairsain in Uttarakhand
(2) Paratrooper Siddhant Chettri from Darjeeling in West Bengal
(3) Naik Arvind Kumar from Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh
(4) Havildar Neelam Singh from Jammu
(5) Paratrooper Pramod Negi from Sirmaur in Himachal Pradesh

The People’s Anti-Fascist Front (PAFF), a shadow organisation of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror outfit, has claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack.

Army later issued a statement in which it said: “On specific information about presence of (militants) in the Kandi forest in Rojauri Sector, a joint operation was launched on 03 May 2023. At about 07:30 hours on 05 May 2023, a search team established contact with a group of militants well entrenched in a cave. The area is thickly vegetated with rocky and steep cliffs.”

This incident has once again raised a big question mark on the initiatives of Pakistan which talks of peaceful negotiation with India on Kashmir and on the other hand is continuing the terrorist activities. The killing of five brave soldiers has taken place against the backdrop of Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s meeting in Goa.

Heavy pouring could not deter enthusiastic soldiers from Beating Retreat

The Beating Retreat ceremony took place in Delhi as per the military protocols and decorum amidst Delhi the first rainfall of the winter that has created a chilling spell in the northern belt including Delhi NCR. However, the much hyped biggest drone show had be cancelled due to the inclement weather.

As per protocol, the Breathing Retreat ceremony was graced by President Droupadi Murmu, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. This was the first Republic Day and Beating Retreat ceremony for the President who had taken over the office a few month back. The occassion was also graced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah alongwith council of ministers and other dignitaries. Also present the three chief of Army, Navy, and Air Force apart from Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). Also present were the enthusiastic public who had gathered to watch the show. People were seen wearing raincoats, windcheater and carried umbrellas.

Tunes based on Indian classical music were the flavour of the Beating Retreat ceremony. For the first time, a 3-D anamorphic projection was planned on the facade of North Block and South Block during the grand event at Vijay Chowk on Sunday, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

Elaborate traffic arrangements for the Beating Retreat ceremony were made by the Delhi Traffic Police who had also issued advisory asking people to avoid certain roads predominanty, those roads in and around the venue of Beating Retreat ceremony. Traffic restrictions were imposed in place from 2 pm to 9.30 pm Sunday. Earlier in the day, a full dress rehearsal for the ceremony was also held at Vijay Chowk.

16 soldiers dead in Sikkim, truck skids into gorge

On Friday, India lost 16 soldiers in a worst accident in Sikkim. The deceased includes Sixteen three Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) along with other Army personel. The accident took place at Zema in North Sikkim on Friday when their vehicle skidded off while negotiating a sharp turn.

The Army vehicle in which the personnel were travelling was part of a three-vehicle convoy going from Chatten towards Thangu.

The Army issued a statement immediately after the accident, “The ill-fated vehicle was part of a 3-vehicle convoy that had moved from Chatten in the morning towards Thangu. Enroute at Zema, the truck skidded down a steep slope while negotiating a sharp turn. A rescue mission was immediately launched and 4 injured soldiers were air evacuated”.

The Indian Army tweeted to express its tributes to the soldiers.

Union defence minister Rajnath Singh said he is deeply pained by the loss of lives of the Indian Army personnel due to the accident.
“The nation is deeply grateful for their service and commitment. My condolences to the bereaved families. Praying for the speedy recovery of those who are injured,” he tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted.

However, this is the initial numbers, there are chances of death toll escalating as many are critically injured.

India says Tawang incidents will not be tolerated, Army will reply back

“India will not leave an inch of land till the Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister of India”, these were the hard words from Union Home Minister, Amit Shah on the Tawang face-off that had taken place between Indian and Chinese Army in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “India will not tolerate this and will retaliate if it happens again. There were no casualities and our soldiers compelled the Chinese Army to the run away”. The Defence Minister added, China has been asked not to repeat such incident in future.

Clashes broke out between both sides along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal’s Yangste area of the Tawang sector on December 9. Soldiers from both sides sustained injuries as they exchanged barbs with each other.

This is not the first time this has happened. Earlier, Chinese troops had trespassed into Arunachal Pradesh many times and called the area part of Chinese. The China had tried to spread unrest in Galwan, Doklam predominantly.

India, has taken the developments in Tawang very seriously and high level meetings were conducted by Defence and Home ministry. Raphel aircrafts have been kept on alert. Sukhoy and other fighter aircrafts are on alert across Hashimpura air base, West Bengal, Tejpur, and Chabua in Assam. It’s clear that Defence ministry is not taking any chances and is ready to face the situation.

The Indian Air Force is closely monitoring the situation along the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh following an attempt by the Chinese PLA troops last week to unilaterally change the status quo in the Tawang sector in the border state, people familiar with the development said on Tuesday.

They said the IAF has also stepped up its overall surveillance in the areas in view of the Chinese attempt of transgression on December 9, adding it follows standard operation procedures that included scrambling of fighter jets in case of specific security concerns.