New Delhi: Amid the ongoing border standoff, a colonel rank officer and two soldiers of the Indian Army were killed in a violent face-off with Chinese troops posted in the Galwan Valley area of Ladakh on Tuesday. The face-off took place last night. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: India, China to Hold 4th Round of Corps Commander Level Meeting Today
In an official statement, the Army said, “During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday (Monday) night with casualties. The loss of lives on the 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.” Also Read - Boycott China: Chinese Toys, Rakhis & Decorative Lights May Not be Sold This Festive Season
Later, the army amended its statement and said that casualties suffered on both sides. Also Read - 'Look at This Beauty': Internet Left Amazed After Pictures of India's Only 'Golden Tiger' Go Viral
If reports are to be believed, the soldiers were killed in hand-to-hand combat on Indian Territory. “There was no firing. No firearms were used. It was violent hand-to-hand scuffles,” news agency Agence France Presse quoted an officer as saying.
Soon after the ‘violent face-off’, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, the three service chiefs and External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar.
Notably, after 1975, this is the first violent incident on the India-China border in which casualties have taken place.
Earlier on June 13, Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane had assured that the entire situation along the borders with China is under control and the process of disengagement has started.
General Naravane had said, “I would just like to assure everyone that the entire situation along our borders with China is under control. We’re having a series of talks which started with the Corps Commander level talks on June 6 and has been followed up with meetings at local level between Commanders of equivalent ranks.
“As a result, a lot of disengagement has taken place and we are hopeful that through the continued dialogue that we’re having, all perceived differences that we (India and China) have will be set to rest. Everything is under control,” he had said.