Rekindling tensions over boundary claims, Indian and Chinese troops have clashed at two factors alongside the Line of Actual Control this week, leaving personnel injured on each side.
The incidents occurred within the Naku La sector — it’s a mountain cross in Sikkim at an altitude of over 5000 metres — on Saturday, and in a contested space close to Pangong Tso, a lake in Ladakh, on the night time of May 5-6.
A Colonel and a Major, sources mentioned, have been among the many Indian personnel injured within the Ladakh conflict. Two Chinese helicopters additionally arrived on their facet of the LAC after an Indian helicopter, carrying a senior officer, flew within the neighborhood of the contested zone on May 5 morning.
Following the Naku La incident, the Army mentioned, “temporary and short duration faceoffs between border guarding troops do occur as boundaries are not resolved”.
“Aggressive behaviour by the two sides resulted in minor injuries to troops. The two sides disengaged after dialogue and interaction at local level,” it mentioned.
On the Ladakh incident, Army sources advised The Indian Express that there was bodily altercation between the Indian and Chinese troops on the intervening night time of May 5-6 close to the Pangong Tso.
It is learnt that Chinese troops attacked Indian troopers on patrol within the space. They have been carrying batons studded with nails and this prompted severe accidents to a number of Indian troopers, a few of whom needed to be hospitalised.
The Indian troops, sources mentioned, additionally hit again on the Chinese troopers, and the confrontation continued till senior officers from each side intervened. The space is alleged to be on a excessive state of alert.
Sources mentioned there had been one other faceoff ultimately of April however that had been amicably resolved.
The final such conflict on the LAC in Ladakh occurred in September 2019 on the north financial institution of the Pangong lake.
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