A day after Chinese troops tried to lock down Indian posts at Pangong Lake in Ladakh, pictures have emerged of the September 7 incident at the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh which shows PLA soldiers carrying weapons, spears and machete.
Sources told WION that around 40 PLA soldiers came on September 7 evening around the heights of Rezang La at LAC. The pictures clearly indicate that the Chinese Army intended a skirmish similar to June 15 in which both sides suffered casualties. While at least 20 Indian jawans were killed in the violent clash, it is believed that 35-50 Chinese troops were also killed in the incident.
In a midnight statement on Monday, the Chinese Army claimed that the Indian side crossed the LAC and outrageously fired warning shots near the Pangong lake, a statement rebutted by the Indian army in a statement on Tuesday morning.
The Indian army said, “PLA troops fired a few rounds in the air” and “despite the grave provocation, own troops exercised great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner”.
Meanwhile, sources claimed armies of India and China held communications in the aftermath of the incident even as Chinese troops are in a face-off position with Indian troops near Rezang La Heights.
The developments come days before India’s External Affairs minister S Jaishankar is expected to meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Foreign Ministers meet in Moscow.