Refrain from exaggerating reports which are factually incorrect: Army on Sikkim clash

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Srinagar: The Indian Army on Monday while reacting to the reports of clashes with the Chinese army said that the media should “refrain from overplaying or exaggerating reports which are factually incorrect”.

In a statement the army said, three days ago, a Chinese patrol tried to cross into Indian Territory along the Line of Actual Control near Naku La pass in Sikkim last week and were forced back.

“We have received several queries regarding a face-off between Indian Army and PLA troops in Sikkim sector. It is clarified that there was a minor face-off at Naku La area of North Sikkim on 20 January and the same was resolved by local commanders as per established protocols,” said the army in a statement.

Earlier, some media reports had said that at least 24 troopers from both the countries were injured in the clashes.

The Naku La pass, located at an altitude of 19,000 feet, connects Sikkim to the Tibet region in China and is known to be a sensitive area.

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