New Delhi, June 17 | The Indian Army on Tuesday said 20 Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed on Monday night in the biggest ever military confrontation between the two armies in over five decades. The Chinese Army suffered 35 casualties during the violent clash with the Indian military in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, official sources said on Wednesday quoting US intelligence reports.
The figure could be a combination of the total number of soldiers killed and seriously wounded, they added. There were 35 casualties on the Chinese side, the sources said citing US intelligence reports.
China has not yet talked about the number of casualties suffered by the People’s Liberation Army during the clash.
Government sources on Tuesday said the Chinese side suffered “proportionate casualties” but it does not have a clear picture of the number of Chinese soldiers killed as well as those injured in the clash.
On Wednesday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the overall situation in eastern Ladakh with Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs.
Military sources said at least four Indian soldiers were seriously injured in the clash. Monday’s clash was the biggest confrontation between the two militaries after their 1967 clashes in Nathu La in 1967 when India lost around 80 soldiers while over 300 Chinese army personnel were killed in the confrontation.