Two soldiers from Odisha, Chandrakant Pradhan and Nanduram Soren were among the 20 Indian soldiers martyred in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley. Pradhan was from Biarpanga in Kandhamal district, while Soren hailed from Rairangpur city of Odisha. According to the intelligence report published by the United States, 35 Chinese soldiers have been killed in the clashes.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) trapped a company of around 120 Indian soldiers on Monday night at the patrolling point number 14 on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

Reports state it was a deceptive attack on the Indian Army soldiers and left many to a point of mutilation.

The Indian Army released an official statement, saying that many of the Indian soldiers “were critically injured” in the “sub-zero temperatures”.

“Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area where they had earlier clashed on the night of 15/16 June 2020. 17 Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty at the stand-off location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, taking the total that were killed in action to 20.” the Indian Army said in their statement.

“Indian Army is firmly committed to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation,” the statement read further.