Mumbai: The Chinese unit’s commanding officer, who was involved in a violent confrontation with Indian troops in the Galwan Valley on the night of 15-16 June, was among those killed, sources confirmed to ANI.
The increasing movement of Chinese helicopters at the face-off location revealed that the Chinese suffered a large number of casualties in the violent face-off.
ANI quoted its Sources saying, “The assessment is based on the number of Chinese troops evacuated from the face-off location on the stretchers and subsequently by ambulance vehicles on the track along the Galwan river, as also the increased Chinese helicopter movement.”
Sources said, “Soldiers who were part of the face-off reported the number of Chinese casualties. However, it is difficult to tell the exact number of casualties both killed and wounded, the number is estimated to be over 40.”
On Tuesday, External Affair Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said that in the late evening and night of June 15 in the Galwan Valley as a result of an attempt by the Chinese troops to “unilaterally change” the status quo during de-escalation and the situation could have been avoided if the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side.
Srivastava said both sides suffered casualties in the violent confrontation and the Chinese side departed by consensus to respect the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galvan Valley.
(With ANI Inputs)