New Delhi: There are reports of clashes between Indian and Chinese troops this time at Naku La, Sikkim, thousands of kilometers away from the ongoing deadlock along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. According to the information, the clash occurred three days ago last week when soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army attempted to sneak inside the Indian border.
Sources said last week Indian Army personnel at Na Kula in North Sikkim thwarted the PLA’s infiltration attempt. However, both of them clashed during this. It is being told that about 20 Chinese soldiers have been injured in this clash. At the same time, four soldiers of the Indian Army were also injured. Sources said that no gunfire was used during the skirmish. The situation is now under control. It is noteworthy that there was a clash in Naku La before the deadlock started at several places in East Ladakh last April / May.
The skirmish took place just a few days before the ninth round of military talks between India and China, the talks were held on Sunday. The Marathon Corps commander-level talks lasted approximately 16 hours and focused on the displacement of troops from all friction points in eastern Ladakh. The talks, which started at around 10.30 am, ended late at 2.30 pm. Sources said that India told China during the talks that it was an attempt by Beijing to carry forward the process of disintegration and de-escalation at sites that clashed with LAC in Ladakh. During this time, India said in a nutshell that China has to come to the status quo before May.
It is noteworthy that amid the ongoing border standoff, around 100,000 Indian and Chinese troops are stationed in eastern Ladakh. In June last year, soldiers from both sides clashed in the Galvan Valley, in which 20 Indian soldiers and several PLA soldiers were killed in the skirmish. This was the first incident of border clash between India and China in nearly five decades.