China kill one Indian officer and two soldiers in 'violent faceoff' on border

Chinese troops have killed an Indian Army Colonel and two soldiers during a violent clash at one of the standoff points in the Galwan Valley, Ladakh, sparking fears of World War 3.

A de-escalation process in Galwan Valley escalated into a violent stand-off took on Monday evening. This saw an Indian Army Colonel (Commanding Officer of an infantry battalion) and 2 Army jawans killed in action during a clash with Chinese troops. Senior military officials from the two sides are now meeting in a desperate attempt to defuse the tension.

Sources close to the conflict claimed no gunfire took place but instead, the Indian soldiers could have been beaten, stoned and drowned to death in Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh.

The Indian Army said in a statement: “During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties.

"The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers.

"Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation."

Hundreds of soldiers have faced off in battle against each other in the remote snow desert of Ladakh since April in what is the most serious border conflict in several years.

This came after Chinese patrols advanced into the Indian side of the de facto border.

China and India appeared to make progress in talks last week, with Indian Army General MM Naravane suggesting a dis-engagement was close.

The latest violence comes after weeks of tension, including an incident where Chinese and Indian patrolling soldiers faced-off on the banks of Pangong Lake.

Despite hopes of a dis-engagement, there remained a heavy presence of soldiers, tanks and several other armoured vehicles in the area. ---Source : UK Express 


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