The violent face-off that took place at the Galwan valley in Ladakh resulted in 3 loss of lives. On Monday night, the incident happened, amid tensions between India and China along the LAC in Ladakh, said the Indian Army.
“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,” the army said in an official statement.
Later the army updated their statement sying that casualties occurred on both sides.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, the three service chiefs and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Recent regarding the developments in Ladakh.
According to army sources cited by ANI, major generals of the two countries are holding talks to defuse the situation in Galwan Valley and other areas.
‘Indian Troops Seriously Violated Consensus’: China On Ladakh Face-Off
On the other hand, Beijing blamed India for crossing borders and attacking Chinese personnel, as reported by news agencies.
China’s Global Times quoted Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s saying on the incident that on Monday Indian troops violated the agreement between India and China. The consensus was broken by Indians crossing the border illegally, twice. Along with it, India attacked Chinese soldiers thus resulting in clashes between two sides.
China has lodged solemn representations with the Indian side and urged it to strictly restrain its frontline troops from crossing the border or taking any unilateral action that may complicate the border situation, he said.
The face-off comes amid talks – both at the military as well as the diplomatic levels – on the border standoff in Ladakh, which emerged early in May.
On 13 June, Army Chief General MM Naravane had said everything was under control concerning the country’s border with China.
Naravane had told reporters that the situation at the border with China was under control. He further told that they are having talks with Corps-commander followed by meetings. Meetings were held at the local-level between commanders of the same ranks, he added.