India-China crisis: TN parties salute soldiers for their sacrifice

DMK president M K Stalin offered his salutations to the three Army men and extended his condolences to the grieving families. 

Stalin, DMK,
DMK President MK Stalin | Representative Photo: PTI (File)

Political parties in Tamil Nadu, including the main opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), condoled the death of an Indian Army officer and two soldiers in eastern Ladakh. Political leaders paid tributes to the supreme sacrifice.

DMK President M K Stalin, offered his salutations to the three Army men and extended his condolences to the grieving families. One of the soldiers hailed from Kadukkalur village in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu and had served the Indian Army for 22 years.

The officers were killed during a violent confrontation with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday (June 15) night.

The soldier who hailed from Tamil Nadu is survived by his wife and two children. He was about to retire in a year after 22 years of service.

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami also condoled the death of the officers and paid tributes.

Amma Makkal Munnettra Kazagam (AMMK) general secretary T T V Dhinakaran also paid tributes to the three Army officers, and said that the killing was an act of cowardice by the Chinese military.

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The Indian Army stated that there were casualties on both sides during the violent face-off. However, China also alleged that the Indian troops crossed the border line twice on June 15 for ‘illegal activities and attacked Chinese personnel’ which led to a serious conflict between the two sides.

The statement came a few hours after the Indian Army said that the face-off took place between the troops during a ‘de-escalation process’ in the Galwan Valley.

Reportedly, this is the first such incident along the border with China that Indian armed forces personnel have been killed after a gap of almost 45 years. In 1975, four Indian soldiers had lost their lives at Tulung La in Arunachal Pradesh.

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