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India Deploys More Troops Along Chinese Border Says Source, Military Denies

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As the Doklam standoff continues with more and more serious diplomatic exchange, India has decided to increase the number of its troops along the entire stretch of its border with China in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

According to government officials, the "caution level" among the troops has also been raised as well.

The decision to increase the deployment along the nearly 1,400-km Sino-India border in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh was taken after carrying out a detailed analysis of the situation and considering China's aggressive posturing against India on Dokalam, the officials said.

"The troop level along the border with China in the Sikkim and Arunachal sectors has been increased," the senior official Defence added.

The Army's Sukna-based 33 Corps along with 3 and 4 corps based in Arunachal and Assam have been tasked to protect the sensitive Sino-India border in the eastern theatre amid the Doklam stand-off between the two countries.

Although, the officials declined to give any figure or percentage of increased deployment, defence experts estimate roughly 45,000 troops including personnel having completed the weather acclimatisation process are normally kept ready along the border at any given time, but not all are necessarily deployed.

Earlier, the troops in the 33 Corp were asked to move towards Doklam from Sukna to advance its schedule for an Op alert (Operation Alert), which includes the troops to move around in the given area to familiarise themselves with the area, for the unit in anticipation of a nearing conflict.

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The military, however, said there is no enhancement of troops at the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in Dokalam where around 350 army personnel are holding on to their position for nearly eight weeks after stopping Chinese troops from constructing a road on June 16.

China has been ramping up rhetoric against India over the last few weeks, demanding immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from Dokalam. The Chinese state media, particularly, has carried a barrage of critical articles on the Dokalam stand-off slamming India.