Galwan clash: 38 PLA men lost their lives while in retreat
New Delhi, Feb 04: The Chinese troops were in retreat after the clash with the Indian soldiers at the Galwan Valley. The Chinese soldiers panicked and at least 38 of them drowned, a report by an Australian newspaper claimed. China had claimed that only 4 of its soldiers lost their lives in the incident, but the report by Klaxon said the PLA had lost 42 of its men.
In the incident at Galwan Valley China's losses were higher when compared to India as many soldiers had drowned while crossing a river in the Valley, Anthony Klan of The Klaxon said.
The Klaxon cited findings by unnamed researchers and mainland Chinese bloggers in the report and said they have declined to be named on security grounds, but their findings appear to "shed significant light on the saga".
"Claims of substantial Chinese casualties are not new, however evidence provided by a group of social media researchers, which The Klaxon has independently built on, appears to support claims that China's casualties extended well beyond the four soldiers named by Beijing," it said, according to news agency PTI.
The report said it also showed the extreme lengths Beijing has gone to silence discussion about the battle.
"China's losses in the high-altitude 2020 Galwan Valley border clash with India -- the deadliest confrontation between the two giants in over four decades -- were much higher than reported with many soldiers drowning while crossing a fast-flowing, sub-zero river in darkness, new research claims," the report said.
The eastern Ladakh border row escalated after the Galwan Valley clashes on June 15, 2020.
Twenty Indian Army personnel laid down their lives in the clashes that marked the most serious military conflicts between the two sides in decades.
In February last year, China officially acknowledged that five Chinese military officers and soldiers were killed in the clashes with the Indian Army though it is widely believed that the death toll was higher.
The Klaxon cited a report into the matter titled "Galwan Decoded" that it said has been prepared by a group of social media researchers.
"The researchers have declined to be named on security grounds, but their findings appear to shed significant light on the saga," it said.
The Klaxon said the report cited a year-long investigation involving discussions with mainland Chinese bloggers, information obtained from mainland-based Chinese citizens and media reports that have since been deleted by Chinese authorities.
"A lot of facts about what really happened, what led to the skirmish, have been hidden by Beijing," it quoted from the report.
The border standoff in eastern Ladakh erupted on May 5, 2020, following a violent clash in the Pangong lake area and both sides gradually enhanced their deployment by rushing in tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weaponry.
As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process in Gogra as well as in the north and south banks of the Pangong lake last year.
Each side currently has around 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control in the sensitive sector.
(With PTI inputs)