On Thursday evening, the Chinese military released ten Indian Army personnel along with two Majors after three days of negotiations, informed sources close to the development. The Indian Army confirmed that all Indian soldiers at the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh have been accounted for yesterday night. However, the army has given no official confirmation regarding the matter.
In a brief statement, the Army said, “It is clarified that there are no Indian troops missing in action.” According to the military sources, total 76 Army personnel were brutally assaulted by the Chinese troops on Monday out of which 18 were seriously injured and they are receiving medical treatment at a hospital in Leh. While the other 58 sustained minor injuries. They also have been admitted to several other hospitals.
This face-off in Galwan Valley is being considered to be the biggest one between the two nations since 1967 in Nathu La. At that confrontation India lost around 80 soldiers while Chinese troops lost their 300 military personnel.
Last time the Chinese military had captured Indian soldiers in July 1962 after a clash at Galwan Valley. The severe clash killed at least 30 Indian solders and several dozens were captured by Chinese military.
Yesterday, the Indian and Chinese militaries held a Major General-level conversation for the third consecutive day on disengagement of troops as well as restoring normalcy in areas around the valley.
The main reason for the clash was China’s opposition to India laying a main road in the Finger area around the Pangong Tso Lake besides construction of another road connecting the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road in Galwan Valley. India has decided not to stall any border infrastructure projects in eastern Ladakh despite Chinese protests.