In first mention, Defence review says ‘unorthodox’ weapons used in Galwan

China used “unorthodox weapons” and amassed a large number of troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh and escalated the situation, the Defence Ministry has said in its year-end review of 2020.

This is the first time that the Ministry has officially mentioned the use of such weapons by China during the eight-month military standoff that began in early May.

The Ministry had mentioned China’s “unilateral aggression” in its June monthly report; however, that report, and all other monthly reports, were taken off its website later.

The year-end report said the “Indian Army with assistance from IAF, mobilised troops including accretionary forces in a very short duration including heavy equipment like guns, tanks as also ammunition, rations and clothing”.

It said the Army “resolutely countered adversaries” on the LAC and the Line of Control (LC) with Pakistan and “carried out relentless Counter Insurgency (CI)/Counter Terrorist (CT) operations”.

On the clashes in Galwan Valley on June 15, the review said that “defending the territorial integrity of India in Galvan Valley has been the most shining example of the valour of our forces this year in which 20 brave India soldiers made the supreme sacrifice”. An undeclared number of Chinese troops had died in the violent hand-to-hand clashes near Patrolling Point 14 (PP14) – “Chinese also suffered significant casualties”, the review said.

“Later on 28-29 August 2020,…

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