“First, they were drunk. Secondly, they hadn’t even tied their shoelaces. Thirdly, they were on their own. You can expect three or four or five soldiers together, carrying weapons. But with them, it looked like they had wandered out in the night and lost their way,” said a source.
It is right to suspect that they were spies, but there would have to a semblance of quality if they were involved in intelligence gathering. But a drunken man who stumbles towards the enemy positions in the middle of the night and found to be largely unskilled would not be particularly good when it comes to intelligence gathering. Their mobile phones didn’t suggest they were involved in intelligence gathering.
In recent weeks, China has been sending cultural troupes to the forward areas to entertain the troops and presumably, try and ensure morale remains high. Being conscripts, many troops are being rotated and readjusted. A large number of trucks have been spotted in the Finger area taking soldiers out and also bringing reinforcements. Some soldiers have also undergone psychological tests.
All this suggests, along with the high level of medical problems among Chinese soldiers, they aren’t very well-trained. Indian soldiers, on the other hand, are regulars who have volunteered to join the army and many thousands have had similar postings, particularly those who were sent to the Siachen Glacier.