NEW DELHI, June 17: India�s leading sportspersons, including cricket captain Virat Kohli and former football skipper Bhaichung Bhutia, have paid tributes to the 20 Army personnel killed during a clash with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh.
The clash at the Galwan valley was the biggest Indo-China military confrontation in over five decades and escalated the volatile border standoff in the region.
�Salute and deepest respect to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect our country in the Galwan Valley. NO one is more selfless and brave than a soldier. Sincere condolences to the families. I hope they find peace through our prayers at this difficult time,� Kohli wrote on his Twitter page. His white ball deputy Rohit Sharma also mourned the death of the soldiers. �Salute to our REAL HEROES who laid their lives protecting and honouring our border. May god give their families utmost strength,� Rohit tweeted. Bhutia, who has also dabbled in politics, termed the attack a �planned one�.
�China had asked all its citizens to leave India few weeks back. The killing of our soldiers in LAC was a I think a planned one. We completely condemn this cowardly act of China. Indian Govt should take strong necessary action and not bow down to Chinese aggression,� Bhutia wrote on the micro-blogging site. � PTI