Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday sharpened attack on the Indian government across the face-off involving the Indian and Chinese soldiers in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.
“It’s now superior that: 1. Chinese People attack in Galwan was pre-planned; 2. GOI was fast asleep and denied the situation; 3. The purchase price was paid by our martyred Jawans,” Gandhi said on Twitter.
He attached a news report with his tweet through which Union minister Shripad Naik claimed that the June 15 attack was “pre-planned by China”. He had made the remarks on Wednesday and declared that Indian forces gives a befitting reply.
Gandhi had attacked government entities on Thursday too, asking whether or not 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 may be responsible? ” Gandhi had asked in Hindi throughout an 18-second video recording posted by him on Twitter.
Authorities declared that soldiers active in the Monday night clash with Chinese troops were carrying weapons and ammunition but did not open fire when they were following border agreements between your two countries.
“Let us receive 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 (depending on 1996 & 2005 agreements) to not use firearms during faceoffs,” external affairs minister S Jaishankar tweeted, responding to a post by Gandhi.
Jaishankar and Gandhi were both reacting to a HT interview with Lt Gen (retired) HS Panag, who said “soldiers usually do not shoot arms to stop escalation of the 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 a minimum of 45 years at Patrol Point 14 in Galwan Valley, causing 20 deaths in the Indian side, including that of a commanding officer, and perhaps 43 casualties including injuries for the Chinese side over the seven-hour brutal brawl that 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 in front of a video conference with chief ministers to share the Covid-19 situation in america.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh had mourned the death in the 20 soldiers, saying the world will always bear in mind their supreme sacrifice.