Clashes between Indian soldiers and soldiers of the Chinese PLA have been reported from North Sikkim’s Nakula border during the past week, with men from both sides reportedly having sustained injuries.
A statement issued by the Indian Army on Monday confirmed a “face-off at Nakula area of North Sikkim on 20 January, 2021.”
The Indian Army said the issue was resolved by “local commanders as per established protocols.”
The area is in the Sikkim sector along the Sino-Indo border.
Locals in the area have confirmed to EastMojo that there has been increased troop movement by the Indian Army over the last week. Locals also say they have witnessed heightened Chinese presence near the border.
According to sources, the situation grew tense after an attempt at intrusion through the Nakula border by soldiers of China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) on Wednesday last.
On Monday, Army sources said situation at the border site was tense but stable. The Army also urged the media to “refrain from overplaying or exaggerating reports.”
Earlier in May 2020, soldiers of the Indian Army and Chinese PLA were involved in a fierce face-off in the same Nakula area, which involved 150 soldiers on both sides. The clashes were later resolved at the local level.