July 16, 2020 | 12:41 AM IST
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After Monday night’s stand-off Indo-China Major Generals meet at Galwan Valley

Major Generals of India and China engaged in a dialogue on Tuesday afternoon to defuse the situation in the Galwan Valley, Ladakh and other areas after troops of the nations clashed and casualties were reported from both the side on Monday late night. The incident occurred at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) 200 km away from Pangong Lake, Finger 5 at around 2 pm.

Commander of the Karu-based HQs 3 Infantry Division, Major General Abhijit Bapat and his Chinese counterpart met at the site of clash to sort out things.

In the stand-off, an Indian Army Officer and two soldiers were martyred, while according to Beijing’s mouthpiece, about five Chinese soldiers were killed and 11 injured in the clashes at the Valley.  Sources reveal that there was no firing between the troops and rather they indulged in a physical fight and used stones and batons. 

After the incident, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, the three service chiefs and External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar. After the meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been briefed about it as well.

A statement released by the Army read, "During the de-escalation process in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place last night with casualties. The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers. Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation.”

Tension has been escalating in the Valley since May 5 and several high-level meetings have been held between the two nations.

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