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‘Multiple’ India-China clashes occurred along LAC in May and June, some lasted all night

These clashes and brawls led to injuries on both sides. ITBP, which guards LAC, has recommended 21 for gallantry awards. 

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New Delhi: There were multiple clashes between Indian and Chinese troops, more than what has been publicly known, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh during the months of May and June, ThePrint has learnt.

These clashes resulted in injuries on both sides.

The fresh piece of information comes as the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), which is the guarding force at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), recommended 21 of its personnel for police gallantry medals.

Sources in the defence and security establishment told ThePrint that there were numerous physical clashes and brawls between the troops at various locations including multiple patrolling points and along rivulets and nallahs.

Many of these clashes lasted overnight and led to injuries on both sides, the sources said.

The Army and the ITBP have remained silent on these other clashes. The clashes that have been reported include the one at Pangong Tso on 5 May, Sikkim on 9 May and at Galwan Valley on 15 June.

“There were multiple clashes that took place where both the Army and the ITBP personnel were involved. At times the Chinese were larger in numbers and at times we were,” a source said.

Citing leaked videos and pictures, ThePrint had on 31 May reported that there had been multiple clashes between the two sides.

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ITBP recommends 21 personnel for gallantry 

The ITBP has said it has recommended 21 of its men for gallantry medals in connection with “face offs and skirmishes” in May-June, 2020.

At least 294 ITBP personnel have already been awarded with the director general’s commendation rolls and insignia on the eve of Independence Day, all of which were for incidents related to China.

The ITBP said in a statement its troops not only effectively used shields to protect themselves but also “responded fiercely” to advancing troops of the People’s Liberation Army and brought the situation under control. 

“With the highest order of professional skills, ITBP troops fought shoulder to shoulder and also brought the injured Indian Army troops to the rear,” it said. 

Several Army personnel were injured in the clash at Pangong Tso on 5 May. Sources said injuries also took place in several other locations too. 

Even when the ITBP troops fought the whole night, they received minimal casualties and ensured fitting replies to the “stone-pelters of the PLA”, the statement said. 

“At places, they gave a determined stand-off for about 17 to 20 hours throughout the intervening nights,” the force said.

“Due to the high altitude training and maneuver experience of the force in the Himalayas deployments, the ITBP troops kept the PLA troops at bay and due to the all out and befitting response of ITBP jawans at almost all fronts, many areas were safeguarded in the hyper sensitive areas,” it added. 

Also read: No progress made in India-China major general-level talks, all eyes now on diplomatic parleys


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  1. T S Darbari/TS Darbari- China has crossed all limits and has got on the nerves of its neighbors. It has always behaved like a bully which is not in the favor of global peace and harmony. There is a saying that with great powers comes greater responsibility. However, Chinese government does not seem to be that wise to follow this piece of advice. Rather it wants to swallow the lands of other nations. China should be taught strict lessons for such behavior and must be forced to relinquish military ambitions of becoming the global super power. The world must unite against China and force it to demolish its weapons and minimize its army. There must be an economic ban on China for at least 20 to 30 years in order to punish it for its devilish actions. #TSDarbari #Ts_Darbari #DarbariTS #TS #Darbari #China #IndiaChinaFaceoff #ChineseGovernment

  2. I find it a strange coincidence that papers like ‘The Print”, and similar left leaning magazines papers etc are so keen on covering geo-politics, international relations, and military affairs, even when they clearly lack the competence in these areas? I find the articles here heavily opinionated and severely un objective.

  3. Hats off to our brave soldiers. Your bravery and sacrifice keeps us safe. You make the country proud.
    Jai Hind.

  4. There has been a great deal of reticence in taking the nation into confidence on events that could lead to war. Difficult to judge whether this was done to subserve the national interest or to protect a certain carefully nurtured self image.

  5. I have alsways suspected that this Government has not been wholly forthcoming in informing the public about the extent of conflict between India and China in the borders. If this bad habit continues, there will be fierce backlash from the public. This government will pay heavy price. Onething that Indian voters won’t compromise is on the issue of territorial integrity of India. Since 1962, on every occasion of conflict, the country has risen to the occasion like one man.

    • Govt. is not a news outlet that it will tweet every day business to you. Keep calm and let govt., defense forces do their job. Its a democracy and no information keeps hidden unless parties on both side of the aisle make a unanimous decision to keep things under lid for the time being. War/ National Security goes beyond the party lines.

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