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India China tensions: Nail-studded iron rod used by Chinese soldiers to attack Indian soldiers fake or not?

16:29 | 19/06/2020

Images of iron-rod weapons were sent to the media by an Indian officer causing a media storm. He said the weapon was used by Chinese soldiers to attack Indian soldiers during violent clashes at the India-China border that killed 20 Indian soldiers. However, the Chinese side has not responded to this information. Meanwhile, there are sources that this is a fake image.

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india china tensions nail studded iron rod used by chinese soldiers to attack indian soldiers fake or not
Picture-of-iron-nails-attached-by-Chinese-soldiers-were-sent-to-the-media-by-Indian-border-officials-today. Photo: BBC.

Defense analyst Ajai Shukla described in a post posted with a photo on twitter that this was a "barbaric" weapon. Both countries had a bilateral agreement in 1996 to prohibit the use of guns and explosives along the disputed border to prevent escalating tensions.

The photo was widely shared on Twitter in India, causing a wave of outrage in the online community, the country's press reported.

However, neither Chinese nor Indian government officials have spoken out about this information. According to Telegrap (UK), some Indian parliamentarians have asked the Government of this country to "punish" China in the wake of public outcry for the use of nail sticks in clashes at the border.

Photo of nail-studded iron rod is Fake image?

Meanwhile, the indiatvnews (Indian Television) quoted from the Indian military headquarters said that this is a fake image (fake photo). However, most major newspapers in India have not confirmed this information and the wave of indignation continues to spread rapidly in the country.

The brawl between the two sides took place in the Galwan valley on the evening of June 15, with 20 Indian soldiers killed, including Colonel Santosh Babu, commander of the Bihar 16th battalion. The association said the violent fighting led many Indian soldiers to fall into the swift-flowing river below in freezing water temperatures.

A senior Indian official on the India-China border today sent the BBC a picture showing the rudimentary weapons they obtained at the site of the fight between soldiers of the two countries on June 15. The image shows the iron rods are welded with a lot of nails at one end, in order to maximize the damage.

The official confirmed that the Chinese army used the weapon in the clash that killed at least 20 Indian soldiers. Images of these homemade rudimentary weapons are being shared widely on Indian social networks.

india china tensions nail studded iron rod used by chinese soldiers to attack indian soldiers fake or not
India-holds-funerals- for-soldiers-killed-in-the-Sino-Indian-clash-at-the-border. Photo: Reuters

Former Indian parliament president Rahul Gandhi also spoke after seeing the photo. "How dare China kill our unarmed soldiers. Why do we make these unarmed soldiers fall," Gandhi said.

Hours after Gandhi's Twitter post, Secretary of State S Jaishankar confirmed that all border duty soldiers were always carrying weapons, especially when leaving the posts, and the patrol team in Galwan Valley on June 15 also did. "However, we have long followed the agreement not to use guns in the confrontation," he wrote.

China has not yet spoken about the information.

The incident in the valley has increased tensions between the two nations. This was the first clash that resulted in serious casualties after at least 45 years. Reports in India said at least 40 Chinese soldiers were killed, but the Chinese side has not confirmed the information.

This is not the first time the two countries have encountered each other without fighting with guns or explosive devices in border disputes of 3,440 km with the Line of Actual Control (LAC) temporarily separating the two sides.

india china tensions nail studded iron rod used by chinese soldiers to attack indian soldiers fake or not
Chinese-soldiers-(left)-and-India-(right)-during-a-confrontation-at-the-Line of Actual Control (LAC) in May. Photo: ANI.

The last gunfight occurred in 1975, causing the deaths of four Indian soldiers in the Arunachal Pradesh state. There was no further shooting after the 1996 agreement.

China and India both blame each other in the scuffle. However, officials of the two countries are working hard to resolve tensions through negotiations and dialogue, avoiding escalation into military conflict.

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