Armed with spears and other sharp-edged weapons as well as guns, around 40-50 Chinese soldiers came just a few metres from the Indian Army position on the heights north of Rezang La in eastern Ladakh.
According to news gathering agency IANS Peoples Liberation Army is likely to make a fresh attempt to dislodge the Indian soldiers.
The fresh incident comes a day after Monday’s skirmish where Chinese troops indulged in provocative military movements and also fired shots to intimidate Indian soldiers, as per the Indian Army. China, too, accused India of doing the same.
With tensions escalating again, the Indian security brass held several rounds of deliberations. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met top security officials, and was also briefed by Army chief, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, about the emerging situation.
Monday’s incident took place near Shenpao mountain close to Rezang La on the south bank of Pangong Tso (lake), IANS reported
The Indian Army, in a statement, said that China continues to “undertake provocative activities to escalate” the situation at the border and it was the PLA troops who “fired a few rounds in the air” in an attempt to intimidate Indian troops.
“At no stage has the Indian Army transgressed across the LAC or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including firing,” Indian Army spokesperson, Col Aman Anand said.
The army stated that it is the Chinese side that has been “blatantly violating agreements and carrying out aggressive manoeuvres, while engagement at the military, diplomatic and political level is in progress”.
“In the instant case on 7 September, it was the PLA troops who were attempting to close-in with one of our forward positions along the LAC and when dissuaded by own troops, the PLA troops fired a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate own troops,” Col Anand said.
However, despite the grave provocation, Indian troops “exercised great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner”, he added.
“The Indian Army is committed to maintaining peace and tranquility, however, it is also determined to protect national integrity and sovereignty at all costs. The statement from the (PLA’s) Western Theatre Command is an attempt to mislead their domestic and international audience.”