New Delhi: Amid the ongoing stand-off at Line of Actual Control in Ladakh sector, armies of both Indian and Chinese have clashed at Naku La in north Sikkim border area resulting in injuries from both the sides.

“Around 20 Chinese soldiers were injured in the clash at Naku La in Sikkim, on the Indian side, four Indian Army soldiers reportedly sustained injuries,” India Today reported quoting sources.

In a statement on Monday, the Indian Army said, the face-off at Naku La was resolved by local commanders as per established protocols. “It is clarified that there was a minor face-off at Naku La area of North Sikkim on 20 January 2021 and the same was resolved by local commanders as per established protocols,” the Indian Army said.

Amid diplomatic and military talks to find an amicable solution, close to 100,000 Indian and Chinese troops are deployed in eastern Ladakh as both sides have been holding on to their ground and showing readiness for a long-haul.

India and China were engaged in a months-long standoff in Doklam in 2017. Also, Naku La was one of the face-off sites between India and China, along with Ladakh last year.

The latest incident comes months after the fatal face-off that took place on June 15 when PLA soldiers clashed with Indian army close to patrol point 14 in the Galwan valley resulting in the death of 20 Indian soldiers.

 

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