On June 15, there was a violent clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Galvan Valley. Much has been written about this. But many questions are still unresolved. Everyone is telling about this according to their understanding and information. In such a situation, India Today talked to many officers and soldiers of the Indian Army. Know what has happened in Ladakh so far. The soldiers who were talked to are stationed in Leh, Galvan Valley, and Thangtsay.
What Happened On 6 June, It Worsened On 14 June
According to India Today’s Defense Journalist Shiv Aroor, the story begins on 6 June. On this day, talks between the two countries were held at the level of Lieutenant General. It was decided that both the armies would retreat. The retreat of the forces started by Petrol Point 14 in Galvan Valley. During the conversation, it was proved that a Chinese surveillance post was on the Indian border on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The post was on the crest of the bend of the Galvan River.In such a situation, it was agreed to remove the Chinese post. A few days later the Chinese army also removed this post. On the day the post was removed, the commanding officer of 16 Bihar Infantry, Colonel B Santosh Babu, had a talk with the Chinese officers. But on June 14, the matter changed.
Shiva Aroor has written that on the night of June 14, China again made the post. In such a situation, Colonel Santosh Babu went to the Chinese post with a team around 5 pm on 15 June. At first, he thought that this post might have been made again by mistake. However, the young officers and soldiers of his team were desperate to remove the Chinese post. But Colonel Babu prevented him from doing so. Colonel Babu was identified as a quiet and sober officer. He had previously been a company commander in this area. He was also an instructor at the National Defense Academy (NDA).
Deployment Of New Faces In The Old Place
Usually, the company commander of the Major rank is sent along with a team for the first investigation. But Colonel Babu decided that this matter should not be left to the youth of the unit. In such a situation, at 7 o’clock in the evening, he went to the Chinese post on foot with a team of 35 soldiers, including two majors. There was no fighting feeling in the team’s mind. She only went for questioning. When they reached the Chinese post, it was found that the soldiers present there were different. He was not well known. Those soldiers were not usually deployed in that area. 16 Bihar Infantry knew the Chinese soldiers stationed there. In such a situation, he was surprised to see new faces.
A Young Man’s Foul And Half-an-hour Fight
They came to know that new Chinese soldiers were sent from Tibet. The new Chinese soldiers were very fierce. When Colonel Santosh Babu asked why the post had been re-posted, a Chinese soldier pushed him hard. Also abused in the Chinese language. Seeing this, Indian soldiers also became furious. Because the commanding officer in an army unit is respected as a parent. Just as someone gets angry with parents for misbehavior, something similar happened with Indian soldiers. They cracked down on Chinese soldiers. The fight was taking place without arms. After about half an hour this quarrel ended. Soldiers on both sides were injured. But the Indian party dominated. They broke the Chinese post and burned it. But now the dispute had crossed a deep and dangerous line.
Indian Army And Second Battle Across LAC
After this, Colonel Santosh Babu understood that something big could happen. Therefore, he sent the injured soldiers to the Indian post. And told them to send other soldiers here. During this, he also pacified his soldiers. At the same time, Indian soldiers took the Chinese soldiers across the LAC. In such a situation, Indian soldiers crossed the LAC. This became the reason for the second round of fighting. According to Shiva Aroor, there was more damage in the second quarrel. A few kilometers from the quarrel, an officer posted near the Shyok-Galwan valley told India Today,
Our soldiers were angry and aggressive. You can guess that they wanted to teach them a lesson.
Colonel Santosh Babu Was Stoned
It was dark by this time. Colonel Santosh Babu’s suspicion turned out to be correct. Many Chinese soldiers had taken positions on either side of the Galvan river and up in the valley. He started throwing stones as soon as he arrived. Around 9 pm, Colonel Santosh Babu got a big stone. With this they fell into the Galvan River. It is believed that the colonel was not targeted and attacked. But the Colonel had become a target in excitement.
300 Soldiers And Different Place Battles
The second quarrel lasted for about 45 minutes. Many bodies were gathered in this quarrel. The important thing was also that during this time the battle had started at many different places on LAC. 300 people were fighting among themselves in different places. During this time, Chinese soldiers attacked with a barbed wire rod and pointed nails. After the fighting stopped, the bodies of Indians and Chinese soldiers were removed from the river. Colonel Santosh Babu was also included in these. After the fight stopped, there was peace. Soldiers on both sides went to their respective areas. Both were allowed to take their bodies.
The Silence Of The Night And A Drone
Indian soldiers heard the sound of a drone during the process of exhumation. This was a sign of a new danger. This was a sign of the third confrontation between the Indian and Chinese soldiers at midnight in the Galvan valley. The drone was slowly coming towards the valley. Perhaps he was using infrared cameras and night vision so that China could assess its damage and attack again.
The Deadly Platoon Had Arrived
By then the backup teams of the Indian Army had also arrived. These included the soldiers of the deadly platoon of 16 Bihar and 3 Punjab Regiments. Before proceeding further, let us know that every infantry battalion has a deadly platoon. Their job is to lead the attacks. But the way China had prepared, China had done the same. By the time Indian soldiers came to help from the rear, the earlier soldiers had gone far ahead in the Chinese border. They did this so that a large number of Chinese soldiers could not approach the LAC.
Relaxation After A 5-hour Bloody Clash
The third quarrel started shortly after 11 o’clock at night. This went on till after midnight. The quarrel took place at a narrow and sloping place on the banks of the river. Because of this, many soldiers on both sides fell into the Galvan River. Many were injured by falling over rocks. The dispute subsided after nearly five hours of violent clashes. The medical teams on both sides carried the ointment of their respective soldiers. The two armies returned each other’s soldiers at night. But 10 soldiers from the Indian Army still remained within the Chinese border. Among them were two majors, two captains, and six jawans.
India Has Over The Bodies Of 16 Chinese Soldiers
India Today has received information that for the first time after the battle the overall assessment found that after the third battle, the bodies of 16 of its soldiers were handed over to China. It also included 5 Chinese officers. In this way, 16 Chinese soldiers died in the war zone itself. It is estimated that in the same way that 17 wounded jawans of India died later, similarly many injured jawans of China were also killed later. However, there is no confirmation from China about this nor is there any possibility.
We Were Treating Them And They Were Our
According to information received by India Today, after the third battle there was no such situation as ‘Prisoner’s Exchange’. In the dark of the night, the restless after the war, the temperature below zero, many soldiers remained here and there in all these situations. On the morning of 16 June, Indian soldiers crossed the LAC and returned to their posts. When it was found that many soldiers still had not returned, the Major General on both sides spoke. Here it was agreed to return the ‘missing’ soldiers from both sides. An Indian Army official said that there was no hostage-taking situation after the war. We were giving medical help to their soldiers, they were treating our soldiers.
The debrief report of 16 Bihar states that China has appointed new troops on the LAC. His intention behind this could be to take an aggressive stance in the Galvan valley, to seize Indian bridges. Right now there is peace at petrol point 14. The new officer has taken over as the commanding officer of 16 Bihar Infantry. Also, in the coming days, the tension in both countries is expected to reduce in Galvan Valley.