JAMMU: In first such incident since Ladakh’s Galwan valley, several Indian soldiers are reported to have received injuries after clashes with Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh, official sources said, even as an official statement from Army was awaited.
The clashes took place with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at Yangtse, Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on December 9.
“On 9th Dec 2022, PLA troops contacted the LAC in Tawang Sector of Arunachal Pradesh which was contested by Indian troops in a firm and resolute manner. This face-off led to minor injuries to a few personnel from both sides. Both sides immediately disengaged from the area,” sources informed.
Some Indian soldiers are reported to have sustained fractured limbs during the skirmish and are admitted at a hospital in Guwahati, they said, adding that the Chinese soldier involved in the clashes were around 600 in number.
A defence official, on the condition of anonymity, said that the injuries on the Chinese side were much higher than on the Indian side.
While an official statement from Army was awaited, The Dispatch has learnt that India’s Commander in the area has held a Flag Meeting with his Chinese counterpart to discuss the issue in accordance with structured mechanisms to restore peace and tranquillity.
This is the first incident of its kind after the June 15, 2020 incident when 20 Indian soldiers were killed and several others were injured in violent clashes with the PLA troops in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.
Arunachal Pradesh has seen a face-off between the Indian and Chinese troops in the past as well. In October 2021, a similar incident had taken place when some Chinese soldiers of a large patrol team were detained for few hours by the Indian Army they engaged in a minor face-off and clashed near Yangtse.