New Delhi: 20 Indian soldiers have been reportedly martyred in the violent face-off
with China in the Galwan valley area in Eastern Ladakh. "Casualty numbers could
rise," government Sources were quoted as saying by news agency ANI. The casualty
count was confirmed by the Army shortly later. ANI reported that the Chinese side
suffered 43 casualties, however, the Army statement made no reference to the
damage caused on the Chinese side.
"Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area where they had
earlier clashed on the night of 15/16 June 2020. 17 Indian troops who were critically
injured in the line of duty at the standoff location and exposed to sub-zero
temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, taking the
total that were killed in action to 20.
Indian Army is firmly committed to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of
the nation," the Army said in a statement.
43 casualties including dead and seriously injured' on the Chinese side: ANI
While China has not officially confirmed the casualty count on the side of the PLA but
ANI reported that the Indian intercepts reveal that Chinese side suffered '43 casualties
including dead and seriously injured' in a face-off in the Galwan valley. The reports of
casualties were confirmed due to increased Chinese chopper activity across the LAC to
airlift casualties suffered by them during the face-off with Indian troops in Galwan valley.