New Delhi: On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accompanied by Chief of Defense Staff Gen Bipin Rawat reached Leh, where he interacted with personnel of the Army, Air Force and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), after a violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in East Ladakh.
“Interacting with our brave armed forces personnel at Nimu,” the PM posted, sharing a photo on his Instagram account.
He is presently at one of the forward locations in Nimu, official sources said. Nimu, located at 11,000 feet, is among the toughest terrains, on the banks of river Indus and surrounded by the Zanskar range.
In his monthly “Mann ki Baat” radio address on Sunday, the prime minister had claimed that India has given a befitting reply to those who cast an evil eye on its territory in Ladakh. While the country honors the spirit of friendship, it is also capable of giving an appropriate response to any adversary, he added.
“Those who cast an evil eye on Indian territory in Ladakh have been given a befitting response. If India knows how to maintain friendship, it can also confront someone and give an adequate response. Our brave soldiers made it clear that they will not allow anyone to taint the honor of Mother India,” PM Modi said on Sunday.
Paying tributes to the 20 Army men killed in the violent stand-off, Modi had also said India’s brave soldiers have shown that they will not allow the nation’s pride to be hurt.