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India-China Border Tensions: Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur, Lahaul, Spiti put on alert after violent face-off in Galwan valley

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 16 June 2020, 23:29 IST

Due to the violent clash between India and China, which have killed at least 20 Indian Army jawans in Galwan valley, India’s border with China in Himachal Pradesh has been put on alert.

Amid the tensions between Indian troops and soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the Himachal Pradesh police have also asked secret agencies to remain on standby.


An advisory has also been released to safeguard locals residing in Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts.

In the wake of the border tensions, Himachal Police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel will also be deployed in the region as a precautionary measure.

India is sharing a border with China in Himachal Pradesh which falls in the two districts of Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur.

According to a preliminary statement by the Indian Army, “During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday 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."

At least 20 Indian Army jawans martyred during a violent clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan valley on Tuesday. This act has been done the China amid when both countries are engaged in talks to de-escalate a five-week border standoff.

Also, Indian intercepts reveal that the Chinese side also suffered 43 casualties including dead and seriously injured in a face-off, ANI reports said.

"A violent face-off happened as a result of an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo there (Galwan) on the late evening and night of June 15. Both sides suffered casualties that could have been avoided had the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side," MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said on June 16.

-With agency input

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First published: 16 June 2020, 23:17 IST
 
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