That bloody night at Galwan Valley: How Chinese plotted the violence
New Delhi, June 18: As part of the protocol between the Indian and Chinese sides, the forward troops patrolling the disputed border do not carry guns. The Chinese soldiers were supposed to have withdrawn from the location under the de-escalation plan as per the discussions between the two military commanders on June 6.
However the Indian troops found the Chinese forces in violation of the understanding.
Their observation posts and tents were still around, an official privy to the information tells OneIndia.
This is when Colonel Santosh Babu questioned the Chinese soldiers about the same, following which the clash broke out. The situation escalated and the Chinese soldiers refused to vacate and stood their ground. The Indian soldiers then removed the tents and observation posts and in a matter of minutes a violent clash broke out.
The clash which lasted 7 hours spread out quickly and the soldiers threw stones and even exchanged blows. The Chinese attacked with iron rods and nail studded clubs. Some of the soldiers fell into the river and their bodies were retrieved the next day.
The Chinese soldiers were higher in number. There were 250 of them, while the number of Indian soldiers was lesser. Despite this the Indian soldiers insisted that the Chinese get back and the tents and observation posts be removed.
The official cited above said that going by the sequence of events, it is clear that the Chinese had pre-planned this and were all ready for a violent face-off. It was pitch dark when the fight took place and this resulted in the martyrdom of 20 Indian soldiers.
India has said that there were casualties on both sides.
While many have questioned why the soldiers were unarmed, the rules of disengagement mandate the same. Moreover Forward Troops patrolling the disputed border do not carry guns. Even if they do, they are slung behind their backs and the magazines are in the pouches and not clipped on.