Sino-Indian troops’ scuffle leads to tension, bunker damage

In an unprecedented act of aggression, Chinese troops entered the Sikkim sector and jostled with Indian soldiers stationed in the area.

The incident happened in the first week of June near the Lalten post in the Doka La general area in Sikkim after a face-off between the two forces, which triggered tension along the Sino-Indian frontier, official sources said.

Indian troops had to fight out against the Chinese troops to stop them from advancing further into the Indian soil. Pictures and videos of the stand-off exist, according to the report. Incidentally, Chinese troops had also destroyed a few makeshift bunkers of the Indian Army in the Doka La region in November 2007.

After the India-China war of 1962, the area has been under the Indian Army and the ITBP, which is the border guarding force and has a camp 15km from the global border.

Indian and Chinese soldiers are locked in a tense face-off along the border in Sikkim after the latter intruded into Indian territory, destroyed two bunkers and stopped a batch of pilgrims headed for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

Meanwhile, a flag meeting was also held between senior army officers of both the sides on June 20, but the tension still continues.

China allegedly said that landslides meant they could not transport the pilgrims in buses on its side of the border.

In 2015, China had agreed to allow Indians pass through Sikkim in order to visit the sacred place upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s request, as passing through Sikkim is relatively easier as compared to passing through Uttarakhand.

Delhi says Beijing has occupied its territory in the Ladakh plateau.

Small incursions are common across the Line of Actual Control, the de-facto border that runs some 4,000 km (2,500 miles) across the Himalayas.

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