Ladakh Standoff | 'No troops missing in action in Galwan Valley': Indian Army after violent face-off with China
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Indian Army on Thursday clarified that none of the soldiers involved in the violent face-off with Chinese soldiers at the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday are missing.
"This is with reference to the article 'In China-India Clash, Two Nationalist Leaders with Little Room to Give' by New York Times dated 17 June 2020. It is clarified that there are no Indian troops Missing In Action", Indian Army said today.
The statement from the Army came in clarification of news reports suggesting that many Indian soldiers are still in the custody of the Chinese Army. The Army, however, has not commented on the release of any soldiers from Chinese custody, but said, "It is clarified that there are no Indian troops missing in action."
At least 20 Indian Army personnel, including a Colonel rank officer, had lost their lives in the violent face-off in the Galwan valley area of Ladakh on June 15. These were the first casualties faced by the Indian Army in a clash with the Chinese People's Liberation Army since 1975 when an Indian patrol was ambushed by Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh.
Earlier today, Indian Major Genral and his Chinese counterpart met for the second consecutive day to defuse the tension along the LAC. The Major General-level talks held on Wednesday were inconclusive with the Chinese side showing no sides of disengaging from the area.
Earlier yesterday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar conveyed a clear and unequivocal tough message to his Chinese counterpart Foreign Minister Wang Yi that what happened in Galwan was a "pre-mediated and planned action that was directly responsible for the resulting violence and casualties."
Jaishankar also said that China should immediately reassess its actions and take corrective steps. However, both the countries should handle the overall situation in responsible manner and would implement disengagement understanding discussed on June 6.
India wants restoration of old status quo along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) prevailing before May 2020 when the first reports of Chinese incursions started appearing, he said.
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