Galwan valley clash: a minimum of 76 Indian soldiers suffered injuries, say sources
New Delhi: a minimum of 76 Indian soldiers were injured, aside from the 20 soldiers who were killed during the bloody clash with Chinese soldiers in Galwan Valley on Monday night.
According to sources, about 18 injured soldiers are admitted to the hospital in Leh. Out of those , four were initially critical but are now stable. Another 58 soldiers also suffered injuries but sources said that they’re likely to urge better soon and should even join their units in the week itself. There are unconfirmed reports of some soldiers still missing but there’s no official word thereon yet.
A meeting between the main Generals of the Indian and Chinese Army was again persisted Wednesday at Galwan. However the talks were inconclusive and no decision might be reached on disengagement and other issues.
While the soldiers are given freedom to act consistent with circumstances within the face of aggression by the Chinese, India is looking to vary the principles of engagement with Chinese troops at the LAC under which Indian soldiers are currently instructed to not fire.
India has put the Air Force in forward bases, Navy and military on high alert. Sources said that Indian Army has also cancelled all leaves of its soldiers. the entire Line of Actual Control is tense with Indian forces ready for any eventuality, sources said.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the Ladakh border situation during a meeting at South Block that was attended by CDS General Bipin Rawat and therefore the three service chiefs.
On Monday night, despite each side agreeing to de-escalate things , the Chinese soldiers attacked Indian troops with sticks, barbed wires, iron rods and stones. The Indian soldiers were outnumbered, sources said.
The clash began when a celebration led by 16 Bihar commandant Colonel Santosh Babu had gone to ask the Chinese to get rid of a tent at Patrolling Point 14 in Galwan area which is at a height of 14,000 feet, and within Indian territory.
However, there was an argument and Indian soldiers were surrounded by Chinese troops who were in large numbers and attacked. The Chinese soldiers were well prepared and were wearing protective gear. Reinforcements from both the edges too joined in.
In the fight, many Indian soldiers were either pushed or they slipped from the narrow slope and fell into the icy cold Galwan river and will be rescued only on Tuesday morning. Many died thanks to extreme cold and hypothermia. Some also fell on the rocks.
There were casualties on the Chinese side also . However, the Chinese government has not officially commented thereon . US intelligence reports said there could also be 35 Chinese casualties. “We cannot authenticate what percentage Chinese soldiers were killed. But they too have many casualties,” said a politician .(FA9News)