20 Indian soldiers have been reportedly killed in the violent face-off with China in the Galwan valley area in Eastern Ladakh. “Casualty numbers could rise,” government Sources were quoted as saying by news agency ANI. So far, reports had confirmed only three deaths – that of an Army officer and two jawans.
Citing sources, news agency PTI pegged the casualty count at 10. “At least 10 Indian Army personnel killed in a violent face-off in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley,” PTI reported. “No exact numbers but the Chinese side also suffered casualties in Ladakh face-off,” government officials confirmed to the agency.
Out of 20 soldiers, one of the soldiers was Colonel B Santosh Babu of the Bihar Regiment. “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 situation,” the army situation said.
ANI further reported that the Indian intercepts reveal that the Chinese side suffered 43 casualties including dead and seriously injured in a face-off in the Galwan valley.
Earlier today, the Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that both, Indian as well as Chinese troops had recorded casualties in the skirmish that took place along the LAC.