20 soldiers Killed during the India-China face-off in Eastern Ladakh

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Twenty Indian Army soldiers have been killed during a violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on Monday night, sources have said.

Earlier it was reported that one Indian Army officer and two jawans were martyred and three to four Chinese troops were killed in the face-off. However, highly-placed sources have told India Today TV that as many 20 soldiers on the Indian side have been killed in the face-off. The number may rise further, they said.

The over five-week-long stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops turned violent on Monday night, inflicting casualties on both sides.

The armies on two sides have been engaged in the standoff in Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie in eastern Ladakh since May 5. A sizeable number of Chinese Army personnel even transgressed into the Indian side of the de-facto border in several areas including Pangong Tso.

The Indian Army has been fiercely objecting to the transgressions and demanded their immediate withdrawal for the restoration of peace and tranquillity in the area. Both sides held a series of talks in the last few days to resolve the row.

The Indian side has been pitching for the restoration of status quo ante and immediate withdrawal of thousands of Chinese troops from the areas which India considers on its side of the LAC.