Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed at Naku La, Sikkim border, three days ago as a Chinese troop patrol attempted to intrude across. A brawl ensued between soldiers of the two countries and several Chinese soldiers were injured. There were some injuries on Indian side also, said sources.
Meanwhile, military commanders from India and China met on Sunday for the ninth round of talks to discuss a possible solution to the nearly nine-month border standoff in eastern Ladakh.
The meeting, which began around 10 am on the Chinese side of the Chushul-Moldo Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) point, went on till about 2.30am the next day, sources said.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh will be briefed about the meeting on Monday morning, they added..
The latest effort on talks came two-and-a-half months after the last round of discussions between the two sides on November 6, with around 50,000 troops deployed in the region, along with additional artillery, tanks, and air defence assets.
It followed a memo from India for talks while the two countries maintained regular contact through the hotline and other mechanisms to prevent any untoward incident that could complicate the situation. In the last few months, India returned two Chinese soldiers who had strayed across the Line of Actual Control in separate incidents.
On Sunday, the Indian delegation was led by Lt Gen P G K Menon, 14 Corps commander, which is responsible for the LAC in eastern Ladakh, and other military officers.
Naveen Srivastava, additional secretary (East Asia) in the ministry of external affairs, was also present. This is the fourth time that Srivastava, who has been leading the Indian side in meetings of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC), was part of the military discussions. The WMCC talks last took place on December 18.
The Chinese delegation was led by Major General Liu Lin, commander of the South Xinjiang Military Region.
The standoff began early May last year, when the Chinese came in 8 km west of the point that India says marks the LAC on the north bank of Pangong Tso. Although there was a degree of disengagement beginning early June, China did not complete the move from several friction points.