New Delhi: Amid increasing tension following the scuffle between soldiers of both India and China at the Galwan Valley in Ladakh on Monday night, United States Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed serious concern over the development and urged both the countries to exercise maximum restraint.
“We are concerned about reports of violence and deaths at the Line of Actual Control between India and China and urge both sides to exercise maximum restraint,” said Guterres.
Meanwhile, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the situation at Indo-China border in Ladakh during a meeting in South Block attended by chief of defence staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat and chiefs of all the three services on Wednesday morning.
“The loss of soldiers in Galwan is deeply disturbing and painful. Our soldiers displayed exemplary courage and valour in the line of duty and sacrificed their lives in the highest traditions of the Indian Army,” Rajnath Singh said on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the Himachal Pradesh Police has issued an alert in Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur districts, which border China, in view of the violent clash between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, sources said.
At least 20 Indian army personnel, including an officer, were reportedly killed in the violent face-off in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on Monday.
News agency ANI has also reported that increase in Chinese chopper activity was observed across the LAC to airlift casualties suffered by them during the face-off with Indian troops in Galwan valley.
It is also reported that the clashes between soldiers of both the countries were triggered by an argument over the position of Chinese soldiers who were erecting a new post on the southern bank of Galwan river in a ‘buffer zone’ –- a no-man’s land.
Meanwhile, a special train that was to carry 1,600 migrant workers on their way to Leh from Dumka in Jharkhand for construction work of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) was cancelled on Tuesday, following tensions between India and China in the region, officials said. The train was cancelled keeping in view the safety of workers.