In a huge development at the LAC, a violent standoff occurred on Monday night between the Indian and Chinese troops, in which three Indian Army personnel were martyred. It was during the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, Ladakh that
A Colonel-rank officer and two soldiers of the Indian Army were killed in a violent face-off with Chinese troops posted in the #GalwanValley area of #Ladakh on Monday night.
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BIG BREAKING: Indian Army Colonel (Commanding Officer of an infantry battalion) and 2 Army jawans killed in action during a clash with Chinese troops at one of the standoff points in the Galwan Valley, Ladakh. Details awaited. pic.twitter.com/Ze7zArV6h3
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the violent face-off took place. The loss of lives on the Indian side include a Colonel and two Jawans. Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation.
The development comes days after India and China held Corps Commander level talks at Moldo and both the countries issued statements saying that they will ensure peaceful de-escalation.
In the first loss of lives on the disputed India-China border in at least 45 years, the Army has lost one officer and two soldiers in a violent faceoff in the Galwan Valley last night. “During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley,
a violent face-off took place yesterday night (Monday night) with casualties on both sides,” Army said in an official statement. “The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers,” it added. The statement also said that “Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation”.
This development comes amid a long drawn standoff between the Indian and Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. The face-off erupted as a result of Chinese escalation seeking to stop India from construction strategic infrastructure near the border. India has steadfastly refused to halt construction.
In recent days both the sides were locked in various high-level talks in a bid to resolve the issue.
The latest meetings came after the fifth meeting between Major-General rank officers of the two armies was held along the LAC last week. This meeting had taken place after the beginning of limited disengagement of the forces at Galwan Valley, Patrolling
Point 15 and Hot Springs following a meeting between the commander of Leh based 14 Corps and Major General Liu Lin, commander of the People’s Liberation Army in the South Xinjiang region on 6 June.