Indian Army has to remain prepared to counter Dokalam-like situation; Gen Bipin Rawat

JAMMU, Oct 22 (INP) Army chief General Bipin Rawat says that the Army has to remain prepared to counter any Dokalam-like situation along the Sino-India border.

Rawat, while speaking to reporters at a function here, also said that the mountain strike corps, designated as 17 Corps, was being raised as a “force of deterrence” and the process of its establishment was on schedule.

Asked if the 17 corps was being established to counter China, Rawat said, “Why should we say it is against whom? It is for deterrence and deterrence is against any threat that may confront the nation.”

So far, one division comprising nearly 25,000 soldiers has been raised for the Corps, which is at present headquartered at Ranchi. Once the raising of the 72 division is complete, the Corps will be based out of Panagarh in West Bengal.

Asked if there was any possibility of a Dokalam-like standoff with China in any other part of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Rawat said, “We have to remain prepared”.

Rawat also said that the security situation in the Kashmir Valley was improving.

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