New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Days after the deadly clash with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, the Indian Army has clarified that there are “no Indian troops missing in action”.

In a late night statement on Thursday, the Indian Army further said that 76 soldiers were injured during the standoff with Chinese forces in Galwan Valley that claimed the lives of 20 Indian troops, including a Colonel.

“No one critical as of now, all are stable. 18 soldiers are at our hospital in Leh, they will be out on duty in about 15 days. 58 soldiers are at other hospitals they should be back on duty within a week. Status as of today afternoon,” the Army officials said, as reported by news agency ANI.

“58 personnel that are at other hospitals have minor injuries, hence the optimistic timeframe of one week for their recovery,” the officials added.     

A deadly clash took place between the soldiers of India and China on June 15 night in which 20 Indian troops lost their lives. According to intelligence sources, the People Liberation Army (PLA) suffered 43 casualties during the clash at the Galwan Valley, reported ANI.

Following the clash at the Galwan Valley, the India and China on Thursday held Major General-level dialogue for the third consecutive day on disengagement of troops as well as restoring normalcy in the border areas.

Later, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar also spoke with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and said that what happened in Galwan was a “pre-mediated and planned action that was directly responsible for the resulting violence and casualties” while adding that Beijing should immediately “reassess its actions and take corrective steps”.

The clash in the Galwan Valley is the biggest confrontation between the two militaries after their 1967 clashes in Nathu La when India lost around 80 soldiers while the death toll on the Chinese side was over 300.

The Indian and Chinese armies were engaged in a standoff in Galwan and several other areas of eastern Ladakh since May 5 when the two sides clashed on the banks of the Pangong Tso.

The trigger for the face-off was China's stiff opposition to India laying a key road in the Finger area around the Pangong Tso Lake besides construction of another road connecting the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road in Galwan Valley.

The road in the Finger area in Pangong Tso is considered crucial for India to carry out patrols. India has already decided not to stall any border infrastructure projects in eastern Ladakh despite Chinese protests.

The situation in the area deteriorated after around 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers were engaged in a violent face-off on May 5 and 6. The incident in Pangong Tso was followed by a similar incident in north Sikkim on May 9.

(With agency inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma