According to new reports, Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed again at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at Naku La, Sikkim, on 20th January 2021. Reportedly, the PLA soldiers attempted an intrusion into the Indian territory, in a similar fashion as seen before.
In the ensuing brawl, several Chinese and Indian soldiers were reportedly injured, with some reports giving a figure of 4 Indian and 20 PLA troops wounded. There are no reports of firing as of now, and the Indian Army confirmed via a press release on Monday, mentioning:
“We have received several queries regarding a face-off between Indian Army and PLA troops in Sikkim sector. It is clarified that there was a minor face-off at Nakula area of North Sikkim on 20 January 2021 and the same was resolved by local commanders as per established protocols.”
However, the Chinese state-affiliated media Global Times’ Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin denied the reports terming them as ‘fake news’.
The news comes at an interesting point when both the militaries undertook 9th round of Corps Commander level talks with an aim to reduce friction and de-escalation across the LAC especially in Eastern Ladakh on Sunday. Naku La also saw brawls at the early stages of the ongoing Indo-China standoff on 10th May 2020.