Rahul Gandhi tweets condolence for Armymen martyred in Ladakh

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Rahul Gandhi tweets condolence for Armymen martyred in Ladakh
Rahul Gandhi tweets condolence for Armymen martyred in Ladakh

New Delhi : Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday tweeted his condolences for the army officer and the men who died in Ladakh's Galwan Valley in a "violent face-off" with China in which both sides sustained casualty.

'Words cannot describe the pain I feel for the officers and men who sacrificed their lives for our country. My condolences to all their loved ones. We stand with you in this difficult time," Mr Gandhi's tweet read.

Colonel B Santosh, who belonged to the 16 Bihar Regiment, and two soldiers - Havildar Palani and Sepoy Ojha – martyred last night after a violent clash broke out as the Chinese troops were getting ready to move away from a location as per an agreement between the two sides, sources said.

Colonel Santosh, who was the commanding officer of the troops, was assaulted with batons, stones. There was no shooting, sources said. The assault lasted for several hours and soldiers from both sides had disengaged after midnight, sources said.

Meanwhile, Congress has demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to share the ground situation at Ladakh with the nation, including how much of Indian territory is under Chinese control.

BJP chief JP Nadda said the Congress always "created political issues" during a crisis.

"When we were fighting the Kargil war, Sonia Gandhi-ji had asked for a RS session. The then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had called an all-party meeting, but Congress didn't participate. This is their culture," he was quoted as saying by BJPLive, the party's Internet TV initiative.