A commanding officer of the Chinese unit involved in the deadly clash is among those killed in the face off in Galwan Valley area of eastern Ladakh, sources have said.
“Chinese CO involved in the face-off with Indian troops in the Galwan Valley among those killed,” the sources told a national daily.
This assessment is based on the number of Chinese soldiers evacuated from the face-off location in Galwan Valley on stretchers and subsequently by ambulance vehicles on the track along the Galwan River. A heightened Chinese helicopter movement was also noticed.
Although it is difficult to specify the exact number of both killed and wounded, the number is estimated to be beyond 40.
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Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a Colonel, were killed in the clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff in the region.
The Army initially said on Tuesday that an officer and two soldiers were killed. But in a late evening statement it revised the figure to 20 saying 17 others who “were critically injured in the line of duty and exposed to sub-zero temperatures at the standoff location succumbed to their injuries.”
Government sources said the Chinese side too suffered “proportionate casualties” but chose not to speculate on the number.
It is the biggest confrontation between the two militaries after their 1967 clashes in Nathu La when India lost around 80 soldiers while over 300 Chinese army personnel were killed in the confrontation.