LAC Standoff: Amid Peace Talks; Bloody Monday witnessed at Galwan

LAC Standoff: Amid Peace Talks; Bloody Monday witnessed at Galwan

Co-Writter: Gowhar Nazir

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“Twenty Indian troopers lost their lives while fighting back PLA aggression with bare hands”

Ladakh: Atleast twenty Indian army personnel lost their lives in a major brawl that took place on Monday at Line of Actual Control (LAC), Ladakh, as confirmed by Army on Tuesday.
The deadly hand-to-hand fighting raged across the Galwan river valley for over 8 hours on Monday night, as People’s Liberation Army assault teams armed with iron rods as well as batons wrapped in barbed wire injured the Indian army personnel grievously who were from the 16 Bihar Regiment.
The Clash claimed the lives of at least 20 Indian soldiers, including 16 Bihar’s commanding officer, Colonel Santosh Babu, Nuduram Soren, Mandeep Singh, (Dvr) Satnam Singh, (Gnr) K Palani, Hav Sunil Kumar, Hav Bipul Roy, Deepak Kumar, Sep Rajesh Oraon, Sep Kundan Kumar Ojha, Sep Ganesh Ram, Sep Chandrakanta Pradhan, Sep Ankush, Sep Gurbinder Sangrur, Sep Gurtej Singh, Sep Chandan Kumar, Sep Kundan Kumar, Sep Aman Kumar, Sep Jai Kishor Vaishali Singh, Hansda, and Sep Ganesh.
The Indian troops were apparently killed and injured in a close-quarter combat at the Galwan Valley as more than a month-long hostilities along the border went into a full-blown conflict.
“The PLA forces were armed with iron rods as well as batons wrapped in barbed wire due to which most of our army personnel were injured.” said a soldier on condition of anonymity, undergoing treatment at Army Hospital, Ladakh
However, the Indian Army said that both sides suffered casualties. Beijing did not confirm any deaths, but observers in China appeared verified that information.
On the basis of telephonic conversation between External Affairs Minister (EAM) S. Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart, it was agreed that overall situation would be handled in responsible manner and both sides would implement disengagement understanding of 6 June sincerely. Neither side would take any action to escalate matters and ensure peace as per bilateral agreements and protocols.
It was also underlined that this unprecedented development will have a serious impact on the bilateral relationship. The need of the hour was for the Chinese side to reassess its actions and take corrective steps
Two sides should scrupulously and sincerely implement the understanding reached by Senior Commanders on June 6. Troops of both sides should also abide by bilateral agreements and protocols. They should strictly respect and observe LAC and shouldn’t take any unilateral action to alter it: MEA
It’s pertinent to mention that a day after the deadly escalation over LAC, Ladakh United Nations in a statement appealed the two nation to resolve their matters amicably while as Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said, “The military representatives of India and China have made contact, and they are discussing the situation and measures to de-escalate it. We welcome this” (Kashmir Glacier)

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