The tension prevailing on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China took an unfortunate turn last night with firing from both the sides. It is reported that casualties have happened on both sides. While India lost a Colonel-rank Army officer and two soldiers, three to four casualties are being reported from China as well.
The incident happened at a standoff point in the Galwan Valley. The officer who lost his life in the line of duty was commanding an infantry battalion. Though firing at LAC has been reported earlier as well, the news of bloodshed never happened in the last 45 years.
The senior military officials on both sides of LAC are currently meeting to defuse the tension. The actual flow of events that led to cross-firing is yet to be known. However, the sources say that the incident happened during the de-escalation process that was underway in the Galwan Valley.
The tension on the eastern Ladakh portion of the LAC has been escalating for the last five weeks. Bilateral talks were on to deescalate the situation. Currently, the Indian and Chinese armies are engaged in a standoff in Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Demchok, and Daulat Beg Oldie in eastern Ladakh.