Army on video: No violence now
The Indian Army on Sunday said no violence is taking place between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh now, after a video purportedly showing clashes emerged on social media.
“The contents of the video being circulated are not authenticated. Attempt to link it with the situation on the northern borders is mala fide. Currently no violence is happening,” the army said in a statement.
However, the statement did not say if the video was a record of clashes that had occurred earlier between the two sides.
Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in a standoff for over three weeks in Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie in eastern Ladakh, in what is turning out to be the biggest confrontation since Doklam in 2017.
The undated video purportedly shows clashes in Pangong Tso. Unverified images purportedly showing injuries to Indian soldiers have also emerged on social media.
“Differences are being addressed through interaction between military commanders, guided by established protocols on management of borders between the two countries,” the army said.
“We strongly condemn attempts to sensationalise issues impacting national security. The media is requested not to air visuals that are likely to vitiate the current situation on the borders,” it added.
The situation on the border deteriorated after around 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers were engaged in a violent face-off on the evening of May 5 in Pangong Tso, which spilled over to the next day before the two sides agreed to “disengage”. However, the standoff continued.
The trigger for the face-off is China’s stiff opposition to India laying a road in the Finger area around the Pangong Tso, besides construction of another road connecting the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road in Galwan Valley.