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Two incidents of skirmishes between Indian, Chinese troops along LAC come to light | India News

NEW DELHI: There have been recent revelations of two previously undisclosed instances of clashes between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). These incidents were brought to light through citations for gallantry awards bestowed upon Indian Army personnel. The citations were read out during an investiture ceremony by the Army’s Western Command, which took place last week. They provided brief accounts of how Indian troops responded firmly to the aggressive behaviour exhibited by soldiers from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) along the LAC.
The Army’s Western Command, headquartered in Chandimandir, had initially uploaded a video of the ceremony on its YouTube channel, featuring commentary on the gallantry awards. However, the video was deactivated on Monday. The incidents mentioned in the citations occurred between September 2021 and November 2022. The Army has not yet issued any official statement regarding these developments.
Since the clashes in Galwan Valley in June 2020, the Indian Army has maintained a high level of combat readiness along the 3,488 km-long LAC. Over the past three and a half years, there have been multiple skirmishes between Indian and Chinese troops following the border dispute in eastern Ladakh that began in May 2020. The Chinese troops also attempted a transgression in the Tawang sector of the LAC.
On December 9, 2022, PLA troops made an unsuccessful attempt to transgress the LAC in the Yangtse area of the Tawang Sector, resulting in a unilateral change in the status quo. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressed Parliament four days later and confirmed that the Indian troops firmly contested the Chinese attempt. Several Indian Army personnel involved in countering the transgression were honoured with gallantry awards during the investiture ceremony.
Singh stated, “The ensuing face-off led to a physical scuffle in which the Indian Army bravely prevented the PLA from transgressing into our territory and compelled them to return to their posts.” He further mentioned that the scuffle resulted in injuries to personnel from both sides. Singh assured the House that the Indian forces are dedicated to safeguarding the country’s territorial integrity and will continue to thwart any attempts made against it. He expressed confidence in the unity of the House in supporting the brave efforts of the soldiers.
In conclusion, recent citations for gallantry awards have shed light on previously undisclosed skirmishes between Indian and Chinese troops along the LAC. The Indian Army’s firm response to the aggressive behaviour of the PLA soldiers was commended during the investiture ceremony. These incidents serve as a reminder of the ongoing need for vigilance and readiness along the border.

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