The violent clash between the rival troops, in which there were some Chinese casualties as well, took place near the Patrolling Point 14 in the Galwan Valley region while talks were underway to defuse the face-off in the region.
The Indian and Chinese troops apparently clashed with rods and stones, much like what had happened on the north bank of Pangong Tso (Tso means lake) on May 5 and 6, which had left several soldiers on both sides injured and led to the military buildups all along the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh.
In an official statement on Tuesday, the Army said, “During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties on both sides. 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.”
The last time Indian soldiers were killed along the LAC was when an Assam Rifles patrol was ambushed in Arunachal Pradesh in 1975, leading to the death of four Indian jawans.