Chinese military removed temporary infrastructure and continued gradual withdrawal of troops from face-off sites in Hot Springs and Gogra in eastern Ladakh for the second consecutive day on Tuesday even as India carried out night-time combat air patrols over the mountainous region, signalling that it is not lowering its guard notwithstanding the start of the disengagement process.
Gogra and Hot Springs are among the key friction points where the two armies were on an eyeball-to-eyeball engagement for last eight weeks. The sources said the mutual disengagement of troops in the two friction points is likely to be completed within two days, and that there has been "substantial withdrawal of forces by Chinese military from the areas".
The disengagement process began on Monday morning after a nearly two-hour telephonic conversation between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday during which they agreed on an expeditious withdrawal of troops from the area. Doval and Wang are Special Representatives for the boundary talks.
Sources said the Indian Army is keeping a strict vigil on the rearward movement of Chinese troops and that it will carry out a detail verification process soon to see whether China is sincere in implementing the disengagement process.