China row: Field commanders can use firearms under extraordinary situations

An army convoy moves along the Srinagar-Leh highway on Wednesday, after Indian soldiers had a violent standoff with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh file photo:pti
After the violent face-off with China in eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army has changed its rules of engagement on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) which would allow field commanders to order troops to use firearms under "extraordinary" circumstances.

The rules of engagement have been changed and the field commanders have been empowered to order troops to use firearms under extraordinary circumstances, army sources said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also stated that the Army had been given full freedom to deal with the situation on the ground.

The Indian side is expected to discuss the issue with the Chinese Army during the proposed talks at Corps Commander level to defuse the tensions in eastern Ladakh.

Both sides don't fire at each other according to the border agreements between them signed in 1996 and 2005.

They had also agreed not to use any blasting or firearms within two kilometres of the LAC.

The Galwan river clash near Patrolling Point 14 claimed the lives of 20 Indian Army personnel who removed a Chinese observation post from there.


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