Indian, Chinese troops scuffle over disputed boundaries along North Sikkim
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Several Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed with each other along the Indo-China border in North Sikkim on Saturday, reported news agency ANI.
As per media reports, the confrontation between the sides took place near the Naku La sector (ahead of Muguthang), a pass at a height of more than 5,000 metres.
"Incidents of face-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers in North Sikkim did take place. Aggressive behaviour and minor injuries occurred on both sides, troops disengaged after local level interaction and dialogue," ANI quoted Indian Army sources as saying.
"Temporary and short duration face-offs occur as the boundary is not resolved. Troops resolve such issues mutually as per established protocols. This has occurred after a long time," Indian Army sources further told ANI.
As per a Hindustan Times report, four Indian and seven Chinese soldiers were injured in the scuffle that included around 150 troops.
This is not the first time when Indian and Chinese soldiers have faced off each other along the border. The Indian and Chinese troops had exchanged blows with each other last time in August 2017 near Pangong Lake in Ladakh.
The incident had took place after Indian soldiers patrolling the area did not heed to objection to their presence in the area by Chinese troops. After the scuffle, both sides called for reinforcements. However, the face-off ended following a delegation-level talks between the two sides.
India and China share a nearly 4,000-km-long border.
Troops of India and China were locked in the 73-day standoff in Doklam in 2017 after the Indian side stopped the construction of a road in the disputed area by the Chinese Army. Bhutan and China have a dispute over Doklam.
The two sides hold Border Personnel Meeting at five points -- Daulat Beg Oldie in northern Ladakh, Kibithu in Arunachal Pradesh, Chusul in Ladakh, Bum-La near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh and Nathu-La in Sikkim.
(With inputs from agencies)
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