The face-off with China in parts of eastern Ladakh is grabbing national headlines, reports of a police force build-up near Nathu La in East Sikkim are coming to the fore. As per sources in the Sikkim Police, a platoon strength force is to be deployed to Sherathang Police Station by Friday. “No medical category persons would be included in the deployment and the force would carry sufficient ration to last a month,” the source quoting an internal memo said. “All the personnel shall carry arms and ammunition, bedding and sufficient warm clothing,” the source quoting the memo added.
Sherathang is a town in Sikkin near the Nathu La Pass in India. The location has been identified as the site for excise, customs and checking for trade between India and China. Rinqingang is the corresponding location in China. The development assumes significance as it comes soon after the top security brass of the country reviewed the situation and military options after the Chinese Army killed 20 Indian soldiers in a premeditated attack in the Galwan Valley of Ladakh near the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
A statement said that such temporary and short duration face-offs between the border guarding troops do occur as boundaries are not resolved. The troops of both countries gave way to aggressive behaviour which resulted in minor injuries to troops. Following dialogue and interaction at local level, the two sides disengaged. According to reports, such standoffs often occur between troops, however, there are no injuries caused earlier.
Report by Prakash, Sikkim Correspondent Tripura