Indian Army builds memorial for martyred soldiers in Galwan clashes
The Indian Army has built a memorial for the martyrs of the Galwan clashes
New Delhi: Just months after the Galwan clashes in which as many as 20 Indian soldiers were martyred, the Indian Army has built a memorial for these great men.
Reports state that the Indian Army memorial has come up at ‘KM-120’, a point near the confluence of the Galwan and Shyok rivers.
Names of all the 20 Indian soldiers have been inscribed on the memorial built to honour them.
A note on the incident:
It all began when Indian soldiers dismantled a Chinese tent at Patrol Point 14, which is close to the mouth of the Galwan river. The tent had been dismantled following a meeting between Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, who commands the Leh-based XIV Corps, and Major-General Lin Liu, the head of the Xinjiang military district
But just within two days, the PLA set up a fresh tent at Patrol Point 14. This was in clear violation of the agreement.
Another intelligence report by the US had claimed that a senior Chinese commander ordered the attack against Indian soldiers.
As quoted by a popular website, “Gen. Zhao Zongqi, head of the Western Theater Command and among the few combat veterans still serving in the People’s Liberation Army, approved the operation”.
The report, as further quoted by the website, had categorically stated that the attack against India was ordered to project an image of strength by China and to not appear ‘weak’ in either in front of the USA and its allies, including India. Interestingly, the intelligence report has revealed that Zhao had overseen other attacks against Indian soldiers as well and had orchestrated the Galwan valley attack to ‘teach India a lesson’.
The US intelligence reports add that the families of the Chinese soldiers were being pressured into not giving them a decent burial. The move by China is being seen as a sign to refuse any casualties in the first place so that the might of China is not questioned.
The US is of the opinion that if China accepts it, it will be an acceptance of blunder.