In another border clash between the Indian and Chinese forces this time away from Ladakh, reports are that a fresh physical brawl took place between the Indian Army and PLA at Naku La in Sikkim on January 20. Naku La, for the unaware, is a mountain pass, thousands of kilometres away from the current standoff area between India and China i.e. eastern Ladakh.
In the recent clash in Sikkim, reports suggest that 20 soldiers on the Chinese side were injured and on the Indian side, four soldiers sustained injuries. The brawl was soon was resolved by local commanders.
The clash broke out 4-5 days ago when the troops of the People’s Liberation Army attempted to intrude inside the Indian territory. The Indian Army troops once again foiled the Chinese foul play and pushed the PLA troops back to where they belong.
The situation, as of now is stable, reports Times Now.
The clash, interestingly, happened 2-3 days before the ninth round of talks between India and China took place on Sunday. While the talks were largely focused on discussing the prevailing situation at the Line of Actual Control and further course of disengagement, the recent Sikkim situation might also have been a topic of discussion.
This is also not the first time India and China have come face to face at Naku La. The pass that connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China’s Tibet Autonomous Region was one of the face-off sites between India and China, along with Ladakh last year.