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India-China Border Faceoff LIVE: At least 20 Soldiers Killed in Violent Faceoff in Galwan Valley, Army Says Indian and Chinese Troops Have Disengaged

News18.com | June 16, 2020, 11:15 PM IST
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India-China Border Standoff LIVE Updates: At least 20 Indian Army personnel were killed in violent face-off in Ladakh's Galwan Valley, news agency ANI quoted government sources as saying. Multiple sources had earlier confirmed that the casualty figure was much more than three on the Indian side.

In the morning, the Army said India lost an officer and two soldiers during the violent face-off, while there were casualties on the Chinese side as well. The extent of casualties on the Chinese side is not immediately clear. The officer killed in the clash is Colonel Santosh Babu, Commanding Officer of the 16 Bihar regiment, while the two soldiers were K Palani and OJha, sources said.
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India-China Border Faceoff LIVE: At least 20 Soldiers Killed in Violent Faceoff in Galwan Valley, Army Says Indian and Chinese Troops Have Disengaged
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The Ministry of External Affairs has said that both China and India suffered causalities as Beijing tried to unilaterally change status quo and "departed from the consensus to respect the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley".

External affairs minister S Jaishankar earlier met Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Indian Army’s standoff with Chinese troops in Ladakh's Galwan Valley saw violent escalation. A Commanding Officer and two jawans were killed in the Monday night faceoff, the army said in a statement, adding that China too suffered casualties. Earlier, Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane met defence minister Rajnath Singh.

While the exact nature of the violent confrontation is not known yet, sources said no firearms were used. "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," the Army said in a brief statement.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said he was not aware of any incident on the border with India.

A large number of Indian and Chinese troops were engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball situation in Galwan Valley for the last five weeks. The incident comes days after Indian Army Chief Gen MM Naravane said both sides have begun disengaging from Galwan Valley.

The two armies have since thinned out some forces in a positive signal but soldiers, tanks and other armoured carriers remained heavily deployed in the high-altitude region, an official had said.

India and China fought a brief border war in 1962 and have not been able to settle their border despite two decades of talks. Both claim thousands of kilometres of territory and patrols along the undemarcated Line of Actual Control - the de-facto border - often run into each other, leading to tensions.

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