Indian Army Chief in Ladakh tomorrow, to take stock of security

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The officer said Indian soldiers retaliated but neither side used guns.

The army said, "Currently, we have no confirmation of the authenticity of the video". According to Manu Pubby, one of the first journalists to share the video, Indian troops are the ones standing on the right when the video begins while Chinese PLA soldiers are the ones on the left.

The visit assumes significance as it comes amidst ongoing standoff between the two nuclear-armed nations at Dokhlam in the Sikkim sector and on the heels of the August 15 Chinese incursion bid near Pangong Lake.

Some of the Chinese soldiers carried iron rods and stones, and in the melee there were minor injuries on both sides, Reuters quoting sources in New Delhi said.

Sources say there were two dozen Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel and almost three dozen army men at the spot; the Chinese troops had similar numbers. Tuesday's scuffle at Pangong and stone throwing incident has been viewed seriously by both sides.

The video surfaced a day after India formally confirmed that an "incident" had taken placed at Pangong So on August 15.

Sources earlier told India Today that the Ladakh altercation lasted for around an hour and was brought under control after a customary banner drill, following which soldiers of the two nuclear-armed neighbours retreated to the positions.

Amid the Doklam standoff and the recent Pangong skirmish, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will pay a three-day visit to Ladakh, beginning on Sunday, to review the security scenario in eastern Ladakh.

After almost 30 minutes of facing off, the two sides retreated to their positions, he said.

Violence between the two sides is rare but the political temperature between New Delhi and Beijing has been raised in recent months over another fractious stand-off on the Doklam plateau, a thin strip of land bordering both countries and Bhutan.

The clash came nearly two months after a separate incident involving the Indian Army and the PLA at Doklam, a piece of territory disputed between Bhutan and China, sparked a still-ongoing tense standoff there.

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