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India: Face-Off Result Of Attempt By China To Unilaterally Change Status Quo
Colonel B.Santosh Babu, Havildar Palani and Sepoy Ojha were killed in the clashes that took place
India: Face-Off Result Of Attempt By China To Unilaterally Change Status Quo (Representational Image)
New Delhi: After the deaths of three soldiers in a clash on Monday night with Chinese troops at Galwan Valley in Ladakh, said the foreign ministry on Tuesday: "A violent face-off happened as a result of an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo there".Colonel B.Santosh Babu, from the Bihar Regiment, was killed. The jawans who lost their lives were Sepoy Ojha and Havildar Palani.
The Senior Commanders had a productive meeting on 6th June 2020 and agreed on a process for such de-escalation. Subsequently, ground commanders had a series of meeting to implement the consensus reached a higher level
The Colonel was reportedly assaulted with stones and Indian soldiers retaliated, which led to close unarmed combat for several hours. The soldiers disengaged after midnight.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said: "On the late-evening and night of 15th June 2020 a violent face-off happened as a result of an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo there. Both sides suffered casualties that could have been avoided had the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side.
"While it was our expectation that this would unfold smoothly, the Chinese side departed from the consensus to respect the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley," said the foreign ministry.
"Given its responsible approach to border management, India is very clear that all its activities are always within the Indian side of the LAC. We expect the same on the Chinese side. We remain firmly convinced of the need for the maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas and the resolution of differences through dialogue. At the same time, we are also strongly committed to ensuring India's sovereignty and territorial integrity," said the statement.