Terming “horrendous” and “barbaric” the brutality with which 20 Indian soldiers were killed by the Chinese forces in Galwan Valley, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder on Thursday demanded accountability for the loss of precious lives in the violent clash. Demanding the end of the “Hindi-Chini Bhai-Bhai” charade, he said the whole nation was expecting a befitting response from the government to this horrific attack on its men.
“Our soldiers at the front should be clearly told that if they kill 1 of ours, you kill 3 of theirs,” said an emotional Captain Amarinder Singh, making it clear that he was not speaking as a politician, but as a man who had been part of the Army and still loved the institution. He pointed out that his stand on such issues has always been the same and even after the Pulwama attack, he had declared that if they kill one of ours we should kill two of theirs.
Questioning why no orders to fire at the Chinese were given in the face of the brutal attack on the Indian soldiers, the Chief Minister said, “Somebody failed to do his job out there and we need to find out who that was.” If the unit was armed, as is being claimed now, the second-incommand should have ordered firing the moment the commanding officer fell to the Chinese treachery, said Captain Amarinder, adding that “the nation wants to know why our men did not retaliate in the way they are trained to do, and why they did not open fire if they were carrying arms.”
“What were they doing sitting out there while their colleagues were getting killed,” he asked. “I want to know, every soldier wants to know and every Indian wants to know what happened,” said the Chief Minister