NEW DELHI :
PHOTOGRAPHSof Indian Army troops holding a large tri-colour at the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh as part of the New Year celebration were released on Tuesday by sources in the security establishment. The photographs were also posted by Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju on Twitter with the caption “brave Indian Army soldiers in Galwan Valley on the occasion of #NewYear2022.”
The images were released three days after China’s state media played up a purported video of PLA soldiers sending New year greetings to Chinese people from a location near the Galwan Valley region. In one of the photos, released by the sources in the Indian security establishment, around 30 Indian soldiers were seen with the national flag. Another photo showed the group with four of them holding the national flag and another tricolour flying high on a flagpole adjacent to a temporary observation post. The sources said the photographs were of January 1 in the Galwan Valley. The Indian and Chinese troops exchanged sweets and greetings at 10 border points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) including in eastern Ladakh and North Sikkim on January 1, which was seen as a warm gesture in the midst of the lingering row in eastern Ladakh.
However, China’s state media played up the Chinese PLA’s hoisting of the country’s national flag appeared to be on its side of an area near the Galwan Valley. The sources in the Indian security establishment said the site of the Chinese soldiers celebrating the New Year is in a depth area on the Chinese side near the Galwan Valley region and that it is not at all close to the buffer zone created in the region following the deadly clashes on June 15.