New Delhi: At least 20 Indian Army personnel have lost their lives in the violent clash with People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley last night, government sources told news agency ANI, amid fears that casualty figures could rise even higher. Also Read - 'India's Territorial Integrity Won't be Compromised Under PM Modi': JP Nadda on Ladakh Clash
Speaking to news agency ANI, government sources said, “At least 20 Indian soldiers killed in the violent face-off with China in Galwan valley in Eastern Ladakh. Casualty numbers could rise.” Also Read - Ladakh Clash: Galwan Valley Was Always Ours, Claims China; India Says Committed to Ensure Territorial Integrity
However, the sources also said that the number of casualties was almost double on the Chinese side.
“Indian intercepts reveal that Chinese side suffered 43 casualties including dead and seriously injured in face-off in the Galwan valley,” said the sources.
Notably, Colonel Santosh Babu-Commanding Officer of the 16 Bihar Regiment-and Havaldar Palani and Sepoy Kundan Jha were, earlier in the day, reported as the first three Indian casualties of the violent clash.
China, however, is yet to speak on the number of casualties/injuries suffered by it, though the state media reported that its troops too had suffered ‘significant’ casualties.
In its official statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) hit out at China, saying that Beijing was responsible for all the deaths, which, the ministry said, were all ‘avoidable’.
These were the first casualties in an India-China border skirmish since 1975.