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Air Force Chief:"Won't Let Sacrifice At Galwan Valley Go In Vain"
The Indian Air Force chief was speaking at the combined graduation parade at the Air Force Academy near Hyderabad.
Air Force Chief: "Won't Let Sacrifice At Galwan Valley Go In Vain"
New Delhi: The Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria today said that the country will always strive towards maintaining peace and the "sacrifice" at Galwan Valley "will not go in vain".The Indian Air Force chief was speaking at the combined graduation parade at the Air Force Academy near Hyderabad.
On the violent face-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh on Monday the Air Chief Marshal said that the "The gallant actions in a highly-challenging situation have demonstrated our resolve to protect India's sovereignty at any cost".Twenty soldiers laid down their lives for India.
As per the sources over 40 Chinse soldiers were also killed or injured.
"It should be very clear that we are well prepared and suitably deployed to respond to any contingency. I assure the nation that we are determined to deliver and will never let the sacrifice of the braves of Galwan go in vain," Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria said.
"The security scenario in our region mandates that our armed forces remain prepared and vigilant at all times. The development at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh is a small snapshot of what we are required to handle at a short notice," he said.
"In spite of unacceptable Chinese action after agreements reached during military talks and the resulting loss of lives, all efforts are underway to ensure that the current situation at LAC is resolved peacefully," the Air Force chief said.
Also, the IAF has deployed its newest AH-64E Apache "tank buster" attack helicopter in Ladakh. The photos have emerged showing MiG-29 jets flying combat air patrol over the region.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday at an all-party meeting called to discuss the clash with Chinese forces in Ladakh said that "China has not captured any Indian territory or crossed the borders".
"Neither is anyone sitting inside our borders nor is any post been captured. The entire country is hurt and angered by what China did at the LAC (Line of Actual Control)," PM Modi said at the all-party meeting, categorically rejecting suggestions that the Chinese had intruded and were sitting on Indian territory.
"Twenty of our Bravehearts were martyred in Ladakh but not before they taught a lesson to those who raised an eye at Bharat Mata," he added.
"I want to assure you that our forces will spare no effort to protect our nation. Today, we have the capability that no one can look at even an inch of our territory," PM Modi said.