India has claimed its soldiers were mutilated after being beaten to death by Chinese forces in a clash that has sparked fears of a war between the two nations.
Pictures also have emerged allegedly showing the spiked weapons used in the brutal hand-to-hand brawl in the Himalayas.
The brutality of the fight in the Galwan Valley is reportedly fueling fury in New Delhi as anger simmers between the nuclear-armed nations, reports India Today.
The publication described some of the Indian troops as being “mutilated” – but no further details were given.
Shocking details have emerged over the fight which allegedly happened when 55 Indian soldiers came across 300 Chinese troops on a mountain ridge.
At least 20 Indian soldiers including officer Bikumalla Santosh Babu died in the fighting which took place hand-to-hand with improvised weapons.
Bats spiked with nails and wrapped in barbed were reportedly used with one Indian official describing the Chinese force as a death squad.
Talks between the two sides are reported to be barely keeping things under control” and the situation on the ground is extremely volatile.
It is unclear how many Chinese troops died in the fighting, with reports of 43 casualties
No bullets were fired, with the two sides respecting a treaty that bars firearms within a mile of the Line of Actual Control the de facto border between the nations.
Talks are continuing to try and deescalate the situation which is the latest violent chapter in a decades-long border row.
The violent deaths are the first fatalities in the feud since 1975, and the world is now watching with bated breath for the two sides to find peace.