More than mere clashes: At least 20 Indian soldiers martyred at Galwan Valley, around 43 casualties on Chinese side

According to latest inputs, India lost atleast 20 soldiers in the clashes at Galwan Valley. This is in contradiction to previous reports which said that only three armymen, including one officer and two jawans were martyred. The latest round of reports also suggest that Chinese suffered around 43 casualties. The numbers on both sides are expected to go up as the further details emerge.

The incident took place while the de-escalation process was underway. 

Reacting on the incident, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that a violent face-off happened on late evening and night of June 15 in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley as a result of an attempt by the Chinese troops to “unilaterally change” the status quo during de-escalation and the situation could have been avoided if the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said both sides suffered casualties in the violent face-off and the Chinese side departed from the consensus to respect the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held two review meetings over developments in eastern Ladakh during the day.

A meeting was held at the residence of Defence Minister in the evening which was attended by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General MM Naravane.