At least 20 Indian soldiers killed in the violent face-off with China in Galwan valley in Eastern Ladakh. Casualty numbers could rise: Government Sources were quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Citing sources, PTI pegged the casualty count at 10. “At least 10 Indian Army personnel killed in a violent face-off in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley,” PTI reported citing sources. “No exact numbers but the Chinese side also suffered casualties in Ladakh face-off,” government officials confirmed.
India said the clash arose from “an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo” on the border. “India is very clear that all its activities are always within the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control. We expect the same of the Chinese side,” said foreign ministry spokesperson Anurag Shrivastava
Earlier, the army in a statement said: “Colonel B.Santosh Babu of the Bihar regiment, Havildar Palani and Sepoy Ojha are three of the names confirmed by the army. “During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties on both sides. 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”.