A day after reports of the first homicides in the disputed area emerged, Indians, new exits began to name a few of the dead and a clearer picture began construction of what happened on Monday evening on the steep high ridge lines above the rapid flow of the Galwan River in the western Himalayas.The murders were sparked when a patrol of Indian soldiers unexpectedly encountered Chinese troops in an abrupt part of the mountainous region they believe that the People’s Liberation Army had abandoned, in line with a June 6 disengagement from the agreement, the sources in Delhi said.
The two armies get shoved and hand-to-hand clashes have erupted – neither is the armed side in line with decades of tradition believed to ward off the possibility of escalation between nuclear weapons and neighbors.
Then an Indian commander was pushed, fell from the narrow ridge and plunged into his throat below to his death.
Reinforcements on the Indian side, were summoned from a post on this subject (4 km) and, possibly, about 600 men were fighting with stones, iron bars and other makeshift weapons in almost total darkness Until six o’clock, Indian government sources said, with most of the deaths on both sides occurring from soldiers falling or being hit from the mountain.
The United Nations and the United States government have expressed concern over the escalating violence between Indians and Chinese soldiers over the Himalayan border which has seen at least 20 people killed.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the two sides to exercise “maximum restraint”.
“We are concerned about reports of violence and deaths in the Line of Effective Control between India and China, and urge the two sides to exercise maximum restraint,” his spokesman said. . “We take positive note of the reports that the two countries have initiated in order to defuse the situation.
The US State Department offered condolences to the families of the 20 Indian soldiers confirmed dead, and said it was closely monitoring the situation.
“Both India and China have expressed a desire to calm the game and we support a peaceful resolution of the current situation,” he said.
Indian media said talks between the chiefs were held, and high-level Indian officials were in a meeting at the Defense Ministry, India said today.
Indian congressional leader Rahul Gandhi denounced Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is yet to make a public statement. “Why the PM the silence?” he says.
“Enough is enough. We need to know what happened. How dare China kill our soldiers? How dare they take our land. ”
The two countries the military blamed each other for the conflict.
Beijing refused to confirm the death, but accused of India, crossing the border twice and “provoking and attacking Chinese personnel”.
The editor of the state-run Global Times said he understood there had been Chinese victimsbut the People’s Liberation Army wanted to avoid “stimulating the mood of the public” by comparing the numbers.
An editorial in the same paper said: “China does not want to turn India’s border problems into a confrontation”, before blaming India for “arrogance and recklessness”.
Indians and the media today ask if there was an understanding of the failure that led to the Indian on patrol to meet Chinese soldiers.
“Should there be some sort of head to head or a warning?” Said Shiv Aroor, editor-in-chief of India today.
“These are areas where decisions have to be made on a coin. It’s a life-and-death … you’ve got to be very dynamic, ”he said.
“I did not find any reason to believe that the Indian army had slipped in this direction … a camp which had already been cleared by the Chinese had already made its way back,” he said.
Both sides have been working on de-escalation for the past few weeks, but the loss of life makes the situation even more complex and precarious.
Chinese state media said the PLA is to conduct joint military exercises “aimed at the destruction of hostile key hubs in a high elevation mountain region.” The PLA Tibet Military Command conducted live on fire drills with heavy artillery on Tuesday, with reports linking the PLA in preparation for the big combat rise, the clashes with India.