The last time, deaths occurred at the LAC was 45-years ago, in 1975
On Monday night, violent clashes broke out at the Galwan region in Ladakh in between the Indian and Chinese troops killing one colonel and two soldiers of the Indian Army. Although the casualties have taken place on both the sides, the number on the Chinese side has not yet been reported.
No firing took place between the two forces and casualties happened due to physical scuffle and stone pelting.
According to the official statement by the Indian Army, “During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties on both sides. 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 situition.”
The statement also added that the defence minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the current operational situation in Eastern Ladakh, consequent to yesterday’s violent faceoff on the LAC, along with the CDS and the three service Chiefs. The External Affairs minister S Jaishankar was also present during the meeting.
After the incident came to light, China blamed India for ‘provocation’. Chinese newspaper Global Times quoted Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as saying, “Indian troops on Monday (15 June) seriously violated the consensus of the two sides by illegally crossing the border twice and carrying out provocative attacks on Chinese soldiers, resulting in serious physical clashes.”
“China has lodged solemn representations with the Indian side and urged it to strictly restrain its frontline troops from crossing the border or taking any unilateral action that may complicate the border situation,” the minister further stated, as per the news report.