Lukung (Ladakh), July 19
In his go to to japanese Ladakh on Friday, Defence Miniser Rajnath Singh personally conveyed his appreciation and compliments to the Army personnel from the Bihar regiment for displaying exemplary grit and braveness in valiantly combating the Chinese troops in the course of the Galwan Valley conflict on June 15.
In an interplay with the Army personnel at Lukung ahead put up on the financial institution of Pangong lake, the defence minister patted a few of the troopers of the regiment whereas commending their bravery in defending India’s satisfaction and self-respect.
“Well done. My congratulations to you all on behalf of all of us,” Singh advised one of many senior members of the regiment when Commander of 14 Corps Lt Gen Harinder Singh launched the soldier to the defence minister.
Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Yogesh Kumar Joshi and a number of other different senior Army officers current on the event.
Chinese and Indian troops clashed in Galwan Valley for a number of hours on the night time of June 15 of their fiercest brawl in final 5 a long time that left 20 Indian Army personnel, together with a Colonel, lifeless.
The incident considerably escalated the border rigidity, with India calling it “a premeditated and planned action by China”.
The Chinese troopers used stones, nail-studded sticks, iron rods and golf equipment in finishing up brutal assaults on Indian troopers after they protested the erection of a surveillance put up by China round patrolling level 14 in Galwan Valley.
China has not disclosed the variety of casualties its troops suffered. According to an American intelligence report, the variety of casualties on the Chinese facet was 35.
Last month, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane awarded ‘Commendation Cards’ to 5 troopers for his or her bravery in coping with Chinese troops in the course of the Galwan Valley conflict in addition to one other violent incident in Pangong Tso.
The defence minister’s workplace on Sunday launched a short video of Singh’s interplay with the troopers in Lukung.
In his tackle to the troopers within the ahead put up positioned at an altitude of 14,000 ft, the defence minister stated the Indian troopers killed within the Galwan Valley conflict not solely confirmed exemplary braveness in safeguarding the border but in addition protected the satisfaction of 130 crore Indians.
“I want to say that the country will never forget them. You inspire the whole nation. You are our real strength,” he stated, asserting that India won’t cede an inch of its territory.
It was Singh’s first go to to Ladakh after the bitter border face-off between India and China started in a number of areas following a violent conflict between the 2 sides on May 5 within the Pangong lake space.
Following a collection of diplomatic and army talks, the Indian and Chinese armies started a mutual disengagement course of at many of the friction factors from July 6. PTI