Over 3,000 Indian soldiers were killed in the war, which stretched over 13 days. Around 93,000 Pakistan soldiers laid their arms down before the Indian forces. It is marked as the largest military surrender after the second world war. The day is hailed as Vijay Diwas.
Noting the different perceptions of the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC) by the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), Lt General Kalita said the Indian forces on ground firmly contested the PLA's transgression in Tawang.
The Indian armed forces on December 16, 1971, defeated the Pakistan Army in a bid to liberate Bangladesh, formerly part of East Pakistan. Over 3,000 Indian soldiers were killed in the war, which stretched over 13 days.