20 Indian Soldiers Died In The Face-Off With China In Ladakh

BP World Bureau | Jun 17 2020
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LADAKH: A violent standoff took place between India and China in Ladakh's Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The Indian military confirmed that 20 Indian soldiers have died and four soldiers are in critical condition. 

Indian Army released a statement saying that Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area where they had earlier clashed. The standoff took place on the night of 15/16 June 2020.

Soldiers who were exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries.

The statement added that the army is committed to ensuring territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation during tense situations. 

Parents of Colonel Bikkumalla Santosh Babu, who was martyred in Ladakh stand-off, reacted saying that they are proud of his service to the nation.

Read: China Reacts On China-India Stand-off Along LAC 

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) reacted to the stand-off saying that the fatal incident was a direct result of the Chinese side's bid to alter the status quo at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The ministry said that both sides suffered casualties that could have been avoided had an agreement at a higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side.

Their statement added that when it comes to border management, India is very clear that all its activities are always within the Indian side of the LAC and they expect the same from China. 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appealed to both India and China to converse and resolve the situation to avoid more violent clashes. 

Tensions have been brewing since early May after the Chinese side exceeded their area of patrol in some parts of the Ladakh sector along the LAC and both military and diplomatic talks have been held since then to diffuse the tensions without the need for a war.

China sent thousands of troops into the disputed territory along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), bringing artillery and vehicles.

This is regarded as the first fatal clash between India and China since 1975 and the most serious since 1967.

Amidst all this aggression, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) called for a boycott of Chinese goods, listing 450 imported items to be disregarded.