New Delhi: The Congress has termed "shocking" the news of killing of three Indian soldiers including an officer by Chinese sides at the Line of Actual Control in Galwan Valley.
Congress Chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "Shocking, Unbelievable & Unacceptable! Will the Raksha Mantri confirm?"
The Congress has been raising the issue and demanded clarity on it. "Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi had also questioned about the stand-off but we're snubbed by the government," he said.
An Indian Army Colonel, the Commanding Officer of an infantry battalion, and two soldiers were killed during a clash with Chinese troops at one of the stand-off points in the Galwan Valley on Monday night.
Indian Army in a statement said that during the de-escalation process which is underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place on Monday night with casualties. "The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers," Indian Army said.
The force further stated that senior military officials of both the countries are currently meeting at the face-off site to defuse the situation.
CWC to discuss stand-off with China & Nepal on June 23
The Congress Working Committee is scheduled to meet on June 23 and will discuss the issue of stand-offs with China and Nepal. The meeting was decided upon after 3 Indian army personnel were killed by Chinese forces in Galwan Valley and Nepal adopted a resolution to print a new map which has Indian territory.
Sources in the party said that the incident at the LAC is unacceptable to the party and the relationship with Nepal is at an all time low.
India and China are engaged in a diplomatic resolution of the stand-off. But on Nepal, Congress leader Karan Singh slammed the government for mishandling India-Nepal ties over a resolution in Nepal's House of Representatives to adopt a new map claiming Indian territory.
The Nepal House of Representatives on June 13 unanimously adopted the Constitution Amendment Bill, paving the way for accommodating the updated political-administrative map in the national emblem which includes Indian areas of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura.
The CWC will also discuss the Covid pandemic and its handling by the central government.