Wednesday, 21 October, 2020

‘Price paid by our jawans’: Rahul Gandhi sharpens attack on govt on Ladakh face-off


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday sharpened attack about the Indian government over the face-off involving the Indian and Chinese soldiers wherein 20 Indian soldiers were killed.

Price paid by our jawans

“It’s now extraordinary that: 1. The Chinese attack in Galwan was pre-planned; 2. GOI was fast asleep and denied the problem; 3. The purchase price was paid by our martyred Jawans,” Gandhi said on Twitter.

He attached a news report in reference to his tweet in which Union minister Shripad Naik mentioned that the June 15 attack was “pre-planned by China”. He had made the remarks on Wednesday and stated that Indian forces will offer a befitting reply.

Gandhi had attacked the federal government on Thursday too, asking if the Indian soldiers were provided for the internet site in the clash in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley “unarmed”.

“China has committed a crime by killing India’s unarmed soldiers. I would like to know who sent these unarmed soldiers within the harm’s way and why. Who seems to be responsible? ” Gandhi had asked in Hindi throughout an 18-second video clip posted by him on Twitter.

Authorities stated that soldiers mixed up in Monday night clash with Chinese troops were carrying ammunition and weapons but failed to open fire while they were following border agreements between your two countries.

“Let us get the facts straight. All troops on border duty always carry arms, particularly if leaving post. Those at Galwan on 15 June did so. Long-standing practice (as per 1996 & 2005 agreements) not to ever use firearms during faceoffs,” external affairs minister S Jaishankar tweeted, answering a post by Gandhi.

Jaishankar and Gandhi were both reacting with an HT interview with Lt Gen (retired) HS Panag, who said “soldiers never shoot arms to avoid escalation of your situation”. Panag also said: “The Chinese, by design, was included with clubs, with knuckle dusters.”

Indian and Chinese soldiers engaged in their first deadly conflict in at the very least 45 years at Patrol Point 14 in Galwan Valley, causing 20 deaths on the Indian side, including that relating to a commanding officer, and possibly 43 casualties including injuries for the Chinese side through the seven-hour brutal brawl which involved hand-to-hand fighting.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said on Wednesday that India is a peace loving country but can give befitting reply if provoked. He had made the remarks ahead of a youtube video conference with chief ministers to go over the Covid-19 situation in america.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh had mourned the death with the 20 soldiers, saying the country will never forget their supreme sacrifice.

 

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