At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese forces in a conflict at forward border area in Ladakh region on Tuesday. The Indian army initially confirmed three of its soldiers were killed, adding that both sides suffered casualties. But later officials said a number of critically injured soldiers had died following serious injuries.
India’s external affairs ministry accused China of breaking an agreement struck the previous week to honour the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley. It added that “17 Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty” and died from their injuries, taking the “total that were killed in action to 20”.
Meanwhile, China did not confirm any casualties, but accused India in turn of crossing the border onto the Chinese side. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said India had crossed the border twice on Monday, “provoking and attacking Chinese personnel, resulting in serious physical confrontation between border forces on the two sides”, Reported sources.
It was learnt that both sides insist no bullet has been fired in four decades, and the Indian army said on Tuesday that “no shots were fired” in this latest clash.
It was yet to believe that how a clash that did not involve an exchange of fire could prove so lethal that over 20 troops were killed. There were reports that it was fought with rocks and clubs.
Local media in J&K reported that the Indian soldiers were beaten to death by Chinese troops.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs said that the incident occurred as a result of an attempt by the Chinese to unilaterally change the status quo in the Galwan Valley.