Tension in Sikkim following scuffle between Sino-Indian troops

The incident happened in the first week of June near the Lalten post in the Doka La general area in Sikkim. 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 international border.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 26, 2017 9:16 pm
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Tension gripped remote areas of Sikkim after a scuffle between Indian Army and Chinese troops which led to Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) damaging bunkers near the border area, PTI reported. According to an official source, 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. The source said that the Chinese troops entered Indian territory and damaged two make-shift bunkers of the Army.

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 international border. In a bid to defuse the tension along the LAC, the Indian Army twice asked the Chinese to join a flag meeting, which they turned down. Finally, the Chinese side agreed to a meeting on June 20.

It was then that the Chinese side conveyed to their Indian counterparts that Indian pilgrims, who were on a yatra to Kailash Mansarovar, would not be allowed to cross into Tibet, the sources said.

The pilgrims were kept waiting till June 23 after which they returned to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, which is the only region where the border between India and China is demarcated.

According to sources, the Chinese side said a bridge had broken because of which the pilgrims could not cross into Tibet for the annual yatra. The Sikkim route to Mansarovar, which is in Tibet, was opened in 2015. It is not the first time that such a transgression has happened at Doka La, on the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction. The Chinese forces had in November 2008 destroyed some makeshift Indian army bunkers there.

Earlier this year, Chinese helicopters had entered the airspace in the Barahoti area of Uttrakhand, called the middle sector. Sikkim is a part of the sector and experts have been warning the government of increased Chinese activities in this area.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. Hebrew Yisrael
    Jun 29, 2017 at 6:45 am
    This could quickly spin into an all out shooting war
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      Bharwendra Potty
      Jun 27, 2017 at 10:18 am
      The brave fekubhakt BHADWAS , keyboard warrior gau-loondshaks must do their dharma and move to the sikkim border. Or at least send their mommas there, if they feel its too cold out there. Moooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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      1. Kushal Kumar
        Jun 27, 2017 at 8:31 am
        The disturbing news has come from Sikkim, obviously falling in line with the prediction made by this Vedic astrology writer for some time past that on and around 24 June to September in year 2017 , world could likely move gradually to WW3 during August-September , more so during 19 August to 4 September with peak hype on 30 August ( it could be 29 in the west) during the year 2017. Much of the war could be where sea is nearby or sea ( Naval warships) may play a major role in the war.
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        1. Kushal Kumar
          Jun 27, 2017 at 8:17 am
          The disturbing news has come from Sikkim, obviously falling in line with the prediction made by this Vedic astrology writer for some time past that on and around 24 June to September in year 2017 , world could likely move gradually to WW3 during August-September , more so during 19 August to 4 September with peak hype on 30 August ( it could be 29 in the west) during the year 2017. Much of the war could be where sea is nearby or sea ( Naval warships) may play a major role in the war.
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            Raj V
            Jun 27, 2017 at 6:27 am
            It is high time chinese intentions are understood and required counter-actions need to be taken.
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