New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Day after the confirmation of martyrdom of 20 Indian soldiers, including an Army Colonel in the violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan valley area in eastern Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday, expressed grief over the death of Indian soldiers and said that the loss of our soldiers is deeply disturbing and painful.  

Taking to Twitter, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, "The loss of soldiers in Galwan is deeply disturbing and painful. Our soldiers displayed exemplary courage and valour in the line of duty and sacrificed their lives in the highest traditions of the Indian Army". 

He further said that the nation will never forget the sacrifice of the soldiers and standing shoulder to shoulder with theri families in this difficult hour. 

"The Nation will never forget their bravery and sacrifice. My heart goes out to the families of the fallen soldiers. The nation stand shoulder to shoulder with them in this difficult hour. We are proud of the bravery and courage of India's breavehearts," he said in another tweet.

Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan valley area on Monday evening, including a Indian Army Colonel identified as Santosh Babu.

The violent face-off happened on late evening and the night of June 15 in Ladakh's Galwan Valley as a result of an attempt by the Chinese troops to "unilaterally change" the status quo during de-escalation in Eastern Ladakh and the situation could have been avoided if the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side, India said on June 16. 

Meanwhile, the Chinese Army also suffered 35 casualties during the violent clash with the Indian military in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley, official sources said on Wednesday quoting US intelligence reports. The figure could be a combination of total number of soldiers killed and seriously wounded, they added.

However, the China has not yet talked about the number of casualties suffered by the People's Liberation Army during the clash. 

Posted By: Talib Khan