NEW DELHI, June 16: Three Indian soldiers were killed in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh after a “violent face-off” ensued as tensions brew with China near the border.
According to a report, an officer and two soldiers were among those killed near the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
“During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place on Monday night ( June15) with casualties. 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,” an official statement said.
China in response to India accused Indian troops of crossing a disputed border between the two countries, as the Indian army said three of its soldiers had been killed in violent clashes, reported AFP.
Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Indian troops crossed the border line twice on Monday, “provoking and attacking Chinese personnel, resulting in serious physical confrontation between border forces on the two sides”. Beijing has lodged “strong protests and solemn representations” to Delhi, he said.
“We once again solemnly ask the Indian side to follow our consensus, strictly regulate its front-line troops and do not cross the line, do not stir up troubles or make unilateral moves that may complicate matters,” Press Trust of India quoted Lijian as saying.
He said “China and Indian side agreed to resolve the bilateral issues through dialogue to ease the border situation and maintain peace and tranquility in border areas.”