India-China border clash: 20 Indian soldiers martyred

New Delhi: Twenty Indian Army soldiers were martyred in a skirmish with People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops at Galwan valley on Monday night, Indian Army has confirmed.

In a statement, Indian Army confirmed that 17 more soldiers have succumbed to their injuries, taking the death toll to 20.

Earlier, Indian Army had confirmed that Colonel B. Santosh Babu, Commanding Officer of 16 Bihar Regiment, and two jawans were martyred in altercation with Chinese forces.

"Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area where they had earlier clashed on the night of 15/16 June, 2020. 17 Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty at the stand-off location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, taking the total that were killed in action to 20," stated the official statement by the Indian Army.

Indian Army is firmly committed to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation, the statement further said.

Meanwhile, news agencies reported that Indian intercepts reveal that Chinese side suffered 43 casualties, including dead and severely injured, in the face-off at Indo-China border in Ladakh. Desk: Asianet Online