New Delhi: After the violent clashes in Galwan Valley between the Indian Army and Chinese troops on Monday night, 10 soldiers who were detained by the Chinese army were reportedly released on Thursday evening. This came after there were intense negotiations via diplomatic and military channels, including three rounds of talks between senior Army officials.
On Thursday evening, 10 soldiers, including two Majors, returned to the Indian side, said reports. The talks were reportedly led by Leh-based 3 infantry Division commander Major General Abhijit Bapat and his PLA counterpart. This was three days after the violent face-off which occurred along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that left 20 soldiers including a Colonel dead.
Amid the heightened tension between the two sides, the negotiations were kept under wraps for fear of the safety of the soldiers, said reports. However, there is no official word on the development as of now although the Army issued a statement on Thursday saying, “It is clarified that no Indian troops are missing in action.”
Meanwhile, on Friday, China guaranteed that it had not held onto any Indian soldiers. Chinese Foreign Ministry representative Zhao Lijian claimed it at a daily press meet in response to inquiries, as indicated by state-run CGTN.
At least 76 soldiers from the Indian Army were injured during the clash at Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on Monday evening allegedly via iron rods, rocks and nail-studded clubs wrapped in barbed wire. Although none of them are in critical condition at the moment, all of them have been hospitalised at various hospitals and are expected to get back to their posts within 15 days.
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