Indian and Chinese soldiers brawl on Himalayan border with casualties on both sides, six months after hand-to-hand combat left more than 20 dead
- Indian and Chinese troops fought last week in Naku La, in the remote Himalayas
- Indian sources said fight happened when Chinese patrol came to their territory
- Casualties occurred on both sides during the latest fighting, sources added
- Comes six months after battle between the two sides left at least 20 troops dead
Indian and Chinese troops brawled on their contested Himalayan border leaving injuries on both sides, military sources and media reports said Monday.
The incident last week came six months after a pitched battle which killed at least 20 Indian troops and an unknown number of Chinese forces.
The latest incident happened last week at Naku La in Sikkim state, military sources told AFP.
Chinese and Indian troops fought last week at Naku La, on the border between Sikkim state and the Tibet region, leaving casualties on both sides, according to Indian military sources
Media reports quoted Indian military officials as saying there were casualties on both sides.
A Chinese patrol tried to cross into Indian territory and was forced back, the officials said.
Naku La connects Sikkim to the Tibet region in China.
Hand-to-hand fighting on the Sikkim border in May last year set off the latest frontier tensions between the world’s two most-populous nations.
In June, troops from the two sides fought with fists and wooden clubs in the Galwan valley of Ladakh region.
China and India, who fought a border war in 1962, blamed each other for the dispute and each has poured tens of thousands of extra troops into border zones.
The latest de-escalation talks between military commanders were held Sunday.
In June, the Indian army accused the Chinese of using clubs fashioned with barbed wire and nails to beat their troops. The Galwan Valley clash left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead
Prior to June’s deadly skirmish, footage was leaked which purported to show an Indian forces battering a PLA soldier in May