An Indian Army officer and two soldiers were killed in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on Monday night during “violent face off” with Chinese military, officials said.
The violent face-off between Indian and Chinese military forces took place along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh region amid heightened tensions over the border dispute between the two countries. Senior military officials of the two sides are holding a meeting in Galwan Valley to defuse tension.
In an earlier statement, an Indian Army spokesperson said: “During de-escalation process in Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place last night with casualties. The loss of lives on Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers. Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation.” Later, the Army issued a revised statement and said “casualties were suffered on both sides” in “violent face-off” during de-escalation process with China in Galwan Valley.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Indian troops crossed the borderline twice on Monday, “provoking and attacking Chinese personnel, resulting in serious physical confrontation between border forces on the two sides” A large number of Indian and Chinese troops were engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball situation in Galwan Valley for the last five weeks. The incident comes days after Indian Army Chief Gen M.M Naravane said both sides have begun disengaging from Galwan Valley.
(with agency inputs)
An Indian Army officer and two soldiers were martyred in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.
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