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Three Indian Soldiers Martyred in the Galwan Valley Amidst Growing Border Tensions with China

On Monday night (15th June 2020), heightening tensions between China and India resulted in a violent face-off between Chinese and Indian soldiers in the Galwan valley. 

Three Indian soldiers, including a commanding officer, were martyred during the faceoff in the Galwan valley, an area that is currently under the process of de-escalation after members of the Chinese PLA set up tents close to the Galwan river, a historic flashpoint between the two nations. 

Multiple sources claim that one Commanding Officer, a Junior Commissioned Officer, and a soldier were killed in a violent skirmish triggered by the Chinese side that has refused to leave the Galwan valley and is sitting inside Indian territory.

An official statement from the Indian Army said -

“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,”.

Reports of multiple skirmishes and disputes at the Sino-Indian border were first reported by on the 5th of May, 2020. The Galwan faceoff was a result of Chinese soldiers objecting to the construction of a road in an area in the valley that has historically been considered Indian territory. 

More details of the skirmish are still unknown and sources are unsure if casualties have been suffered by the Chinese side as well. A series of face-offs have taken place in the Galwan valley for over five weeks now with troops coming face to face on several occasions. However, this is the first instance of violence since the 6th of May, 2020 when troops last clashed.

Reporter: Denzel Joyson

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