An Indian Army officer and two soldiers were killed during a “violent face-off” with the Chinese army in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley amid a dangerous escalation of an intense faceoff between the two armies since April.
“During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night 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,” the army said in a statement.
No firing took place, said the army sources.
Meanwhile, the developments in the eastern Ladakh sector were discussed in a meeting between defence minister Rajnath Singh and Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, the three service chiefs and External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar today, news agency ANI reported.
A large number of Indian and Chinese troops were engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball situation in Galwan Valley for the last five weeks. The incident comes days after Indian Army Chief Gen MM Naravane said both sides have begun disengaging from Galwan Valley.