Indian Army has clarified that no Indian troops are missing after the clash at the Galwan Valley. The Army’s clarification came in response to a news report which claimed that Indian troops were missing after the clash. Meanwhile, China today accused India of
“deliberately provoking and attacking Chinese officers and soldiers”. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson tweeted,
“India must not misjudge the current situation or underestimate China’s firm will to safeguard its territorial sovereignty.” India has put the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force on high-alert following the violent clashes in Galwan valley between Indian Army soldiers and the Chinese PLA.
After the biggest confrontation between the nuclear-armed neighbours since 1967, efforts are being made to defuse tensions and de-escalate. The Indian Army and Chinese PLA were engaged in a face-off in Galwan and other areas of eastern Ladakh region since May 5 when soldiers the two armies clashed on the bank of the Pangong Tso lake.
In the violent clash on Monday night, Indian army lost a Colonel and 19 other personnel when the Chinese soldiers attacked Indian soldiers with stones, nail-studded sticks and iron rods, according to reports. Chinese side suffered heavy casualties as well according to media reports.
PM Narendra Modi sent a strong message to China on Wednesday and said that the country wants peace but if instigated, it is also capable of giving a befitting reply. India also rejected China’s new claim over the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh sector and termed it “exaggerated and untenable” and contrary to the understanding between the two sides on this issue.