NEW DELHI: A total of 294 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (
) force personnel have been awarded the Director General (DG) commendation for displaying bravery during recent skirmishes with Chinese troops in Ladakh, the border force said on Friday.
It added that recommendations for awarding gallantry medals to 21 troops posted in this area have been sent to the government.
In its first official account of the standoff between the two militaries, the ITBP revealed how its troops “not only effectively used shield to protect themselves but also responded fiercely to advancing PLA (Chinese People’s Liberation Army) troops and brought the situation under control”.
“The ITBP has recommended the names of 21 men who faced the Chinese during the face-offs and skirmishes in May-June this year for gallantry,” it said.
“Also, 294 personnel have been awarded with the DG’s commendation rolls and insignias by ITBP chief S S Deswal on the eve of the Independence Day,” the force said.
It said ITBP troops displayed the highest order of professional skills and “fought shoulder-to-shoulder and also brought the injured Indian Army troops to the rear”.
Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in a violent faceoff with the Chinese troops in the eastern Ladakh area on the intervening night of June 15-16.
While China has accepted that it also suffered causalities during these clashes, it has not given out exact numbers.
The ITBP said its troops “fought the whole night” in the area and they received minimum casualties, while giving a befitting reply to the stone-pelters of the PLA.
“At places, they (ITBP) gave a determined standoff for about 17-20 hours throughout.”
“Due to the high-altitude training and manoeuver experience of the