President of India and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Ram Nath Kovind extended his deepest condolences to the families of the 20 Indian Army personnel killed in the face-off with Chinese troops at Galwan Valley in Ladakh.
He praised the valour of all who laid down their lives to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the country. In a tweet he said, “As Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, I bow to the exemplary courage and supreme sacrifice of our soldiers to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the country”.
“All those who laid down their lives in Galwan valley of #Ladakh have upheld the best traditions of the Indian armed forces. Their valour will be eternally etched in the memory of the nation. My deepest condolences to their families”: the president said.
A Colonel was among 20 Indian soldiers killed in a “violent face-off” with Chinese troops at Galwan Valley in Ladakh, the Indian army said late on June 16, in the most serious escalation between the two countries along the border in five decades.
Reports said that 43 Chinese soldiers have been killed or seriously injured during the incident. India blamed the clashes on “an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo there”, rebutting China’s claims that Indian soldiers crossed the border.