10 Indian soldiers released by Chinese army after negotiations, China denies detention
Ten Indian soldiers, including four Army officers (two Majors), were released by the Chinese Army. The release happened after three days of negotiations by a Major General of the Army in the Galwan Valley region, where the violent clash happened on June 15.
As per reports, soldiers were released unharmed. They were medically examined and provided a preliminary debriefing.
Twenty soldiers were martyred and 76 were injured and remained hospitalised after the clash — the deadliest one in 45 years. The soldiers were attacked with iron rods and clubs wrapped in barbed wire laced with nails.
The Army refrained from commenting on the release. “No Indian troops missing in action,” the statement from Army read.
Commenting on Indian media reports regarding the detention of soldiers by the Chinese Army, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, “China hasn’t seized any Indian personnel”.
“Regarding the serious situation in Galwan valley, right and wrong is very clear and the responsibility entirely lies with the Indian side. India and China are in talks to ease the situation,” Zhao said as quoted by Associated Press.
The last time when Indian soldiers were held captive by the Chinese Army was in July 1962 after a clash in the same region.
The Galwan Valley clash is the most violent after Indo-China 1967 clashes in Nathu La, in which 80 Indian soldiers were martyred and 300 lost lives on the Chinese side.
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