The sequel of the violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops over the border dispute in Ladakh had resulted in a major loss of lives, according to the reports, as India has lost twenty army men in two days while four other soldiers are under the critical condition as the current state at the border has exemplified long-simmering tensions between two nuclear-armed neighbors.
The statement from the Indian Army issued on Tuesday night confirmed that it has lost 20 soldiers at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) following the skirmishes between the troops of both sides of the aisle in what it has become the first incident of reporting casualties in the last 45 years and the five-week border row has let to attain high-level of tensions at one of the nation's crucial borders.
According to the Indian Army, the Chinese and Indian troops had disengaged at the Galwan region where they had confronted on the nights of June 15 and 16. On Monday, India had lost three army men including a colonel and two soldiers, and 17 others, who were critically injured following the clash, had died on Tuesday taking the death toll to 20.
Four Indian soldiers are in critical condition after the violent face-off with Chinese troops on Monday evening: Sources— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2020
The statement further quoted that the Indian Army is firmly committed to protecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation. According to ANI, four Indian soldiers are in critical condition after the violent face-off with the Chinese troops on Monday, which has raised fear of an increase in the death toll. The border skirmish was the result of the dispute at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
It took an aberrant turn on Monday when both the nations reported casualties following the clash. According to PTI, the Chinese side had also reported casualties as the violent face-off had killed 43 Chinese troops, which is yet to be confirmed by Beijing, signaling that the tensions mount against the nations when both sides are suffering from the Coronavirus pandemic. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the violent clash occurred in the late evening and night of June 15- Monday.
The confrontation was the result of an attempt by the Chinese side to change the status quo at the LAC. The Indian Army officially confirmed that it had lost three soldiers on Monday - Colonel Santhosh Babu, the Commanding officer of the 16 Bihar regiment, who is a native of Suryapet district in Telangana, Havildar Palani from Ramanathapuram district in Tamil Nadu, and one more soldier.
The clash had injured many of which 17 others died and four are under the critical condition. The disturbing developments from the border had shocked Delhi and on Tuesday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had convened a meet with External Affairs Minister Jaishankar, Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and the army generals and discussed the tensions at the border and according to the reports, Rajnath Singh had briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday about the state at the border.
Why is the PM silent?— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 17, 2020
Why is he hiding?
Enough is enough. We need to know what has happened.
How dare China kill our soldiers?
How dare they take our land?
The External Affairs Ministry had said that India and China have been discussing through military and diplomatic channels on de-escalation of the situation in the border area in eastern Ladakh. Most of the Indian leaders took to social media and condoled the martyred soldiers and called the Center to let the nation know what's happening at the border. Rahul Gandhi has asked the Prime Minister why he is silent on the standoff. On Tuesday, Beijing has accused India of crossing the border and attacking the Chinese personnel.