The Indian army in a statement confirmed that there was a clash with Chinese soldiers in the Sikkim sector as the rogue nation tried to disrupt the peace process between both the countries.
The statement confirmed that Indian soldiers pushed back Chinese troops when the latter’s patrol party attempted to cross the border in the Sikkim sector. As a result, a minor face-off took place at Nakula area of North Sikkim on January 20 and it was “resolved by local commanders as per established protocols.”
The reports also mentioned that soldiers of both sides sustained injuries due to the scuffle. Report in the media said that over 20 soldiers got hurt during the violence in Sikkim. The irony is, the clash took place in Sikkim, where there is no dispute about the border line. It is clearly demarcated in Sikkim.
The incident is not a very favorable development as both countries have deployed thousands of troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) since the row broke out in Ladakh in May 2020. The border tensions started simmering between the two neighbours since then, especially along three contentious points in the eastern Ladakh region.
The LAC is the de-facto border between the two countries in the region. In June 2020, 20 Indian soldiers were martyred in the Galwan Valley as the stand-off snowballed into a violent face-off. While there were fatalities on the Chinese side too, the number was not revealed by Beijing.
Despite several rounds of diplomatic and at Commander level meetings, the border dispute is still unresolved between India and China. Soldiers of both the nations are currently positioned in the snowcapped mountainous terrains braving the severe cold wave amid constant snowing to protect their respective borders and countries.