CLOSE
CLOSE AD

Border Clashes: Paying Tribute to Fallen Soldiers, Modi Warns of 'Befitting Reply' To Provocation

  • 18 Jun 2020
Border-Clashes-Paying-Tribute-to-Fallen-Soldiers-Modi-Warns-of-Befitting-Reply-To-Provocation

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured that the sacrifice made by 20 Indian soldiers killed in a violent clash with Chinese troops in a disputed border-area in the Himalayas two days ago, will not "go in vain". 

Addressing a virtual meeting with chief ministers on the Covid-19 crisis, Modi also warned that while India was for peace, it will not tolerate provocation. 

"I want to assure the nation that the sacrifice made by our soldiers will not go in vain. India's integrity and sovereignty is supreme for us, and no one can stop us from defending it. 

"Nobody should have an iota of doubt about this. India wants peace. But when provoked, India will give a befitting reply," he was quoted saying during the meeting, by Hindustan Times. 

Calling the fallen Indian soldiers "martyrs", Modi added that the country will firmly protect "every inch of its land, and self-respect". 

The clashes happened on Monday night along the disputed border between India and China, in Galwan Valley, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) high in the Himalayas. 

According to CNN, the bloody brawl saw the soldiers fighting with fists, stones, and nail-studded bamboo poles. Besides the 20 fatalities, 76 other Indian soldiers were also wounded. There are reported casualties on the Chinese side. 

Following the incident, both nuclear-armed countries had sought to de-escalate tensions. 

Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar, in a phone conversation with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, voiced strong protest against the incident, but both sides agreed to not take any action to escalate matters on the ground, and pledged to handle the situation in a "responsible" manner. 

Monday's clashes is the first time the Indian Army has suffered casualties in a border skirmish with the People's Liberation Army in 45 years. 

In October 1975, four Indian patrol soldiers died after being shot dead by Chinese troops in an ambush in Arunachal Pradesh's Tulung La sector. 


Source: Hindustan Times, CNN
Photo source: Hindustan Times, bbc.com
 



Suggested Articles

No-Further-Action-Against-PAS-Minister-For-Breaching-COVID-19-Quarantine-Cops News
ARTICLE
  • 21 Oct 2020

No Further Action Against PAS Minister For Breaching COVID-19 Quarantine: Cops

No further action will be taken against Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Khairuddin Aman Razali for breaching his COVID-19 quarantine, the police said today. 

Cops-Nab-Woman-Who-Allegedly-Worked-With-Brother-To-Kill-Her-Blind-Husband-for-His-Millions News
ARTICLE
  • 21 Oct 2020

Cops Nab Woman Who Allegedly Worked With Brother To Kill Her Blind Husband for His Millions

Police have detained a woman and her brother for allegedly killing her blind husband to inherit his millions worth of fortune, and trying to stage the incident as a robbery gone wrong. 

Couple-Live-In-Car-Parked-At-Petrol-Station-After-Losing-Jobs-To-COVID-19 News
ARTICLE
  • 21 Oct 2020

Couple Live In Car Parked At Petrol Station After Losing Jobs To COVID-19

A couple who spent more than a week in a car parked at a petrol station in Perak, after losing their jobs in Singapore due to COVID-19, will get a new leash on life this Deepavali, after their plight was noticed by the authorities. 

Youth-Stabs-Father-Who-Reprimanded-Him-Over-PUBG-Obsession News
ARTICLE
  • 20 Oct 2020

Youth Stabs Father Who Reprimanded Him Over PUBG Obsession

A youth in Andhra Pradesh stabbed his father after the man reprimanded him for playing PlayerUnknown's Battleground (PUBG) for too long, before stabbing himself.

From-Doctor-to-Patient-A-COVID-19-Survivor-Recalls-Her-Ordeal News
ARTICLE
  • 20 Oct 2020

From Doctor to Patient: A COVID-19 Survivor Recalls Her Ordeal

A young doctor, who battled COVID-19 on the frontline and ended up contracting the disease herself, recalls her ordeal. 

Coronavirus-Can-Survive-Up-to-Nine-Hours-on-Human-Skin-Study-Finds News
ARTICLE
  • 19 Oct 2020

Coronavirus Can Survive Up to Nine Hours on Human Skin, Study Finds

The novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, can survive up to nine hours on human skin, a Japanese study has found, stressing the importance of frequent hand washing to keep the virus at bay,