Chinese soldiers are trying to block or disturb the flow of Galwan river in northeast Ladakh, near the site where 20 Indian army personnel were killed during a clash with the Chinese troops on June 15 night, reported NDTV on Thursday (June 18) based on high-resolution satellited images that it claimed it had procured.
Meanwhile, the militaries of the two Asian neighbours held major general-level talks for the third consecutive day on Thursday on the disengagement of troops as well as restoration of normalcy in Galwan Valley, official sources said. The talks had ended in a stalemate both on Tuesday and Wednesday, the sources added.
According to the report, the satellite images indicate that Chinese bulldozers were working on their side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), and a change in the flow of Galwan river from the spot where Chinese bulldozers were seen. “From flowing blue waters to a small, muddy stream”: it described the change in the river’s flow as it entered India.
In the clash on June 15, the Chinese brutally assaulted the Indian soldiers with iron rods and nail-studded sticks. The clash went on for several hours on the vertiginous heights of eastern Ladakh, said those in familiar with the matter. It was the biggest confrontation between the two militaries in over five decades.