20 soldiers martyred in Galwan Valley face-off; Indian Army vows to protect nation's territorial integrity

20 soldiers martyred in Galwan Valley face-off; Indian Army vows to protect nation’s territorial integrity

New Delhi: The Indian Army mentioned on Tuesday (June 16) that 20 of its troopers have been killed in violent clashes with Chinese troops throughout a face-off within the Galwan Valley in japanese Ladakh on Monday night time. In a press release, the military mentioned that nearly the identical variety of Chinese troops have been killed through the clashes within the Galwan Valley.

The assertion mentioned, “Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area where they had earlier clashed on the night of 15/16 June 2020. 17 Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty at the stand-off location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, taking the total that were killed in action to 20.”

“The Indian Army is firmly committed to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation,” the official launch mentioned.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), nonetheless, blamed China for the incident and alleged that it tried to unilaterally change the standing and “departed from the consensus to respect the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley”.

MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava mentioned either side suffered casualties within the violent face-off and the Chinese aspect departed from the consensus to respect the Line of Actual Control (LAC) within the Galwan Valley. Srivastava mentioned that India and China have been discussing by army and diplomatic channels the de-escalation of the scenario within the border space in Eastern Ladakh.

“While it was our expectation that this would unfold smoothly, the Chinese side departed from the consensus to respect the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley. On the late evening and night of June 15, 2020, a violent face-off happened as a result of an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo there. Both sides suffered casualties that could have been avoided had the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side,” the MEA mentioned.

The MEA spokesperson mentioned that India stays firmly satisfied of the necessity for upkeep of peace and tranquillity within the border areas and the decision of variations by dialogue, including “At the same time, we are also strongly committed to ensuring India`s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” 

Earlier within the day, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held two overview conferences over developments in japanese Ladakh. A gathering was held at his residence was attended by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General MM Naravane.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar additionally met Prime Minister Narendra Modi because the Indian Army’s standoff with Chinese troops in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley noticed violent escalation.

China`s Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui and Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri right this moment met in Beijing, mentioned an ANI report citing sources.  The ANI additionally got here out with data, citing Indian intercepts, that China suffered 43 casualties within the violent face-off within the Galwan Valley.

Meanwhile, UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over studies of violence and deaths on the Line of Actual Control between India and China and urged either side to train “maximum restraint,” his spokesperson mentioned on Tuesday. Eri Kaneko, Associate Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, made the feedback on the each day press briefing, in keeping with a PTI report.

“We are concerned about reports of violence and deaths at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China and urge both sides to exercise maximum restraint. We take positive note of reports that the two countries have engaged to deescalate the situation,” PTI quoted Kaneko as saying. Kaneko was responding to a query on the loss of life of Indian Army personnel in a violent face-off in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley amid escalating tensions on the LAC.

China, nonetheless, has not launched any data on the casualties suffered by the People’s Liberation Army troopers. 

China’s official media right this moment quoted the Chinese army as claiming that it “always” owned sovereignty over the Galwan Valley area and alleged that “provocative attacks’ launched by the Indian troops resulted in “extreme clashes and casualties.”

In its first response on Monday’s clashes between the 2 armies on the Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh, a press release quoting the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Western Theatre Command Spokesperson Colonel Zhang Shuili mentioned, “China always owns sovereignty over the Galwan Valley region.”

The Indian border defence troops are “inconsistent with their words and seriously violated” the agreements each nations have reached, the consensus made through the military commander-level talks and harmed the relations of the 2 militaries and the sentiments of the 2 nations’ peoples, the Global Times quoted him as saying.

Col Santosh Babu mom pleased with her son’s sacrifice

Colonel B Santosh Babu’s mom is pleased with her son’s sacrifice however unhappy at dropping her solely son, who was martyred on June 15 night time within the violent clashes with the Chinese troops on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. Colonel Santosh Babu’s household hails from Suryapet city within the Nalgonda district (Telangana).

Martyred Colonel’s mom Manjula mentioned, “I’m proud of my son who gave the supreme sacrifice for motherland but as a mother, I’m sad today.” “He was my only son. I came across the news in the afternoon, while my daughter-in-law got the news in the morning,” she added.

Colonel Santosh was the Commanding Officer of 16 Bihar Regiment and was posted on borders for over a 12 months and a half. He is survived by spouse Santoshi, a 9-year outdated daughter Abhinav and a 4-year outdated son Anirudh. 

Among the three Army personnel who made the supreme sacrifice was Havildar Okay Pazhani, who hailed from Kadukkaloor village in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu. Havildar Okay Pazhani is the daddy of two children and the household’s lone breadwinner. He had served the Indian Army for 22 years.

He added that Pazhani and his daughter had two school-going children – a son who was finding out in sixth grade and a daughter who was in her third grade. The slain soldier’s spouse is a level holder and works as a clerk at a university within the Ramanathapuram district. 

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Okay Palaniswami has introduced a solatium of Rs 20 lakhs for the bereaved household and likewise provided a authorities job (primarily based on qualification) for the subsequent of kin. 

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