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Indian Army conducts airborne rapid response exercise with paratroopers near Siliguri corridor for 2nd consecutive times in a month

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Indian Army conducts airborne rapid response exercise with paratroopers near Siliguri corridor
Siliguri Corridor is the strategically important region near the country's northern border with China that also borders Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. (IANS)



The Indian Army carried out airborne insertion and rapid response exercise near the Siliguri Corridor along the northern border with China. The Siliguri Corridor is key to accessing India’s northeast bordering Tibet.

The Siliguri Corridor, which is a strategically important region, is a stretch of land bordering Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Near the Siliguri Corridor is the India-Tibet-Bhutan tri-junction where China has enhanced military infrastructure since the Doklam standoff in 2016.

The army said around 600 paratroopers of the Indian Army’s Airborne Rapid Response teams carried out large scale drops near the Siliguri Corridor on March 24 and March 25 in an airborne exercise, after being airlifted from various airbases.

“The exercise involved advanced free-fall techniques; insertion, surveillance and targeting practice and seizing of key objectives by going behind enemy lines,” the Indian Army said.

This is the second airborne insertion exercise by the Army this month.

Last year, in November, the Indian Army carried out one of its biggest airborne insertion exercises in Ladakh at more than 14,000 feet.

Since May 2020, the Indian Army has enhanced its deployment amid the military tussle with China. After 15 rounds of military talks, there has been no breakthrough for a final resolution even though disengagement has taken place at the friction points. However, as the deadlock continues there are no signs of a de-induction of troops and armour, and a complete de-escalation is what India has been pressing for.

This was also conveyed to the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on his current visit.

As of now, disengagement has taken place in Galwan, Gogra, and Pangong Tso. The Hot Springs area around PP 15 still remains tense.

India has insisted that Depsang and Demchok also be seen as friction areas in light of the ongoing military standoff, but China remains rigid in its stance on Depsang and Demchok. This is one of the key reasons why China has not even discussed other areas in eastern Ladakh, apart from the ones that emerged as friction points during the military standoff last year.

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