LAC face-off kills 20 Indian troops

Wednesday – June 17, 2020
SRINAGAR (India): At least 20 Indian soldiers, including a colonel, were killed in a violent face-off, on Monday night, with Chinese troops at the disputed Galwan Valley in Ladakh, along the line of actual control (LAC).

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), Indian media quoting Indian army said that India retaliated and there were casualties on both sides.

As per reliable sources, several dead bodies of the Indian troops including a colonel have been retrieved so far.

These bodies include that of colonel Santosh Babu, the commanding officer of 16 Bihar regiment, who was killed by drowning. The Chinese soldiers held him under the water till he died.

This is the first violent incident involving fatalities since 1975 between India and China, who fought a border war in 1962.

India said the clash arose from “an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo” on the border.

As per the sources no bullets were fired in the Monday night clash, however, clubs and stones were instead used to attack soldiers.

Indian army has also flown several hundred policing gears including pellet guns, rock shields, staffs, elbow and knee guards for future engagement.

The latest bloody incident follows weeks of rising tension and the deployment of thousands of extra troops from both India and China at the LAC.

The standoff between Beijing and New Delhi was triggered by India’s unprecedented construction of ‘roads’ and ‘air-strips’ in the area.