Citing a news report that showed night satellite images of the ‘Chinese build-up’, Gandhi tweeted, “Mark my words, our land in Depsang is gone.”
“…DBO is vulnerable. GOI’s cowardice will lead to tragic consequences in the future,” the Congress leader tweeted as he referred to the Daulet Beg Oldie area in Ladakh.
The Galwan valley clash took place on June 15 last year when Indian troops led by Colonel Babu took on the Chinese troops near the patrolling point 14 area. India lost 20 troops in the fiercest clash between the two sides in a long time while the Chinese also suffered significant casualties.
A border standoff between the Indian and Chinese armies has been on in Eastern Ladakh since May last year and both sides had gradually enhanced their deployment by rushing in tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weaponry.
Last month, the two armies reached an agreement on disengagement at the North and South banks of Pangong lake that mandated both sides to cease forward deployment of troops in a “phased, coordinated and verifiable” manner.
Subsequently, the Indian and Chinese troops implemented disengagement in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan and Pangong Tso area.
Under the current disengagement pact, both armies have already withdrawn their tanks, howitzers and other heavy weapons from the south bank of Pangong Tso-Kailash range in the Chushul sector.