India China border dispute 2020: Sacrifice of jawans will not go in vain, says PM Narendra Modi | India News


NEW DELHI: A violent physical clash between India-China border troops on June 15 in Galwan Valley resulted in the death of at least 20 Indian soldiers and left several others battling for life. While there are no confirmed number of deaths on the Chinese side, the External Affairs Ministry said both sides suffered casualties. Following the clash, the Chinese troops reportedly disengaged from the Galwan area.
Here are the latest developments:
The sacrifice of our jawans will not be in vain: PM Modi
I would like to assure the nation that the sacrifice of our jawans will not be in vain. For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country is the most important…India wants peace but it is capable to give a befitting reply if instigated,” PM Narendra Modi said.
“India wants peace but when instigated, India is capable of giving a befitting reply, be it any kind of situation,” he added.
PM Narendra Modi will hold all-party meet on June 19 and will address the nation on June 21
In order to discuss the situation in the India-China border areas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for an all-party meeting at 5 pm on June 19. Presidents of various political parties would take part in this virtual meeting. He will also address the nation on June 21. Further details are awaited.
Jawans’ bravery reflects India’s commitment towards her land: Amit Shah
The pain of losing our brave soldiers while protecting our motherland at Ladakh’s Galwan can not be put in words. Nation salutes our immortal heroes who sacrificed their lives to keep Indian territory safe and secure. Their bravery reflects India’s commitment towards her land.
Here are the names of the 20 Indian Army personnel who lost their lives in the “violent face-off” with China in Galwan Valley, Ladakh.

Sovereignty of Galwan area belongs to China; don’t wish to see more clashes: China
Zhao Lijian, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday that the sovereignty of the Galwan valley area “has always belonged to China” and that the Indian border troops “flip-flopped and seriously violated” China’s border protocols as well as the consensus of commander level talks. Lijian said that China is asking India “to strictly discipline its frontline troops” and “provocative activity at once” in order to “work with China and come back to the right track of resolving the differences through dialogue & talk.” The Chinese spokesperson said that the two nations were communicating through diplomatic and military channels.
“The right and wrong of this is very clear… The incident happened on the Chinese side of LAC and China is not to blame for it. From the Chinese side, we do not wish to see more clashes,” said Lijian.
Loss of soldiers in Galwan is deeply disturbing and painful: Defence minister
“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, ” said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday. He added, “Nation will never forget their bravery and sacrifice. My heart goes out to the families of the fallen soldiers. The nation stands shoulder to shoulder with them in this difficult hour. We are proud of the bravery and courage of India’s bravehearts.”
Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday held a meeting with 3 Service Chiefs (Army, Navy & Air Force) and the Chief of Defence Staff. The defence minister also spoke to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on the current situation.
20 Indian soldiers dead, four severely injured
Twenty Indian soldiers, including a Colonel, were killed and several others grievously injured. Four more Indian soldiers were reported to be in a critical condition on Wednesday. The Indian casualties could go up further. The clashes lasted several hours till midnight. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were present in far greater numbers and armed with nail-studded iron rods and stones during the prolonged brawl.
In the “free-for-all” brawl, rival soldiers attacked and chased each other, with many falling into the Galwan rivulet located at an altitude of over 14,500-feet with steep ravines and gorges. Among 20 martyred Colonel Babu, Havildar K Palani and Sepoy Kundan Kumar Ohja died on the spot. Seventeen were critically injured at the stand-off location. Exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high-altitude terrain, they later succumbed to their injuries.
Thirty five casualties on Chinese side as per US intelligence
Official sources quoting US intelligence reports on Wednesday said that at least 35 died and have been injured on Chinese side during clash in Galwan Valley, reported PTI. The commanding officer of the Chinese Unit involved in the June 15 violent face-off, is among those killed, reported ANI quoting sources.
Opposition leaders demand Centre to address questions
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday asked why PM Modi is “silent” on the fierce clash between India and Chinese troops. “Why is the PM silent? Why is he hiding? Enough is enough. We need to know what has happened,” Gandhi said on Twitter. “How dare China kill our soldiers? How dare they take our land?” he said. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday asked PM Modi when a ‘befitting reply’ to China will be given and urged him to reveal the truth behind the violent face-off in the Galwan valley. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi slammed PM Modi for the loss of lives and demanded that he admit his “failure” to defend the country.
Chinese military had conducted drills in mountainous region
China has recently conducted joint exercises keeping in mind the high-elevation mountainous region, The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Tibet Military Command said on Tuesday. This revelation come after a violent clash broke in the Galwan Valley region out at the China-India border on Monday. According to the Global Times, the exercise that featured multiple types of combat recently took place in the Nianqing Tanggula, or Nyenchen Tonglha mountains at an elevation of 4,700 meters.
US closely monitoring India-China border row
The United States on Tuesday said it is “closely monitoring” the situation between India and China. “Both India and China have expressed a desire to de-escalate, and we support a peaceful resolution of the current situation,” a State Department spokesperson said. Offering condolences for casualties of Indian soldiers, the spokesperson further said, “During their phone call on June 2, 2020, President Trump and Prime Minister Modi discussed the situation on the India-China border.”
United Nations expresses concern over India-China border clashes
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern on the reports of violent clashes between India and China on Line of Actual Control and urged both sides to exercise maximum restraint. Eri Kaneko, Associate Spokesperson of Guterres, said,”We take positive note of reports that the two countries have engaged to deescalate the situation.”
British High Commission encourages dialogue between India-China
“Clearly these are concerning reports. We encourage China and India to engage in dialogue on issues relating to the border – violence is in no-one’s interest,” said British High Commission spokesperson.
Tamil Nadu announces Rs 20 lakh solatium to kin of martyr
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has announced a solatium of Rs 20 lakh to the family of the soldier, who lost his life in the border skirmish between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Ladakh. the Chief Minister stated one of the family members of the slain soldier K Palani who belonged to Ramanathapuram district will be offered a government job. Palaniswamy has also expressed condolences to the bereaved family. DMK president MK Stalin also condoled the death of the jawan.
What happened on the night of June 15
Indian authorities said that while the de-escalation process was underway, a violent face-off took place on June 15 night between Indian and Chinese troops leading to the death of 20 Indian soldiers.
“As part of efforts to talk to the Chinese side to honour their commitment made during the June 6 talks, 16 Bihar Commanding Officer Colonel Santosh, initiated talks with the Chinese side, asking them to go back further into their territory,” sources told ANI.
During the talks, the Chinese side started heated arguments with the Indian delegation and started an attack on the Indian side with stones, sticks with spikes and other sharp-edged tools with an intention to cause fatalities to the Indian side, they said.
Tensions are high at Line of Actual Control since last month when India inaugurated a critical road construction project north of Pangong Tso.
The inauguration irked China despite the fact that the road was well within the Indian territory and far from the Chinese claim
In the statement, Zhang demanded that the Indian military strictly restrain its frontline troops, immediately stop all “provocative” actions and work with the Chinese side towards the same goal.
“The sovereignty over the Galwan Valley area has always belonged to China,” said Zhang in the statement.
(With inputs from agencies)





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