Indian Army rescues Chinese citizens in Sikkim1 min read . Updated: 05 Sep 2020, 02:24 PM IST
- The Army also provided medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes to the Chinese citizens
- It also gave them appropriate guidance after which they returned to their destination
Indian Army rescued three Chinese nationals who lost their way in North Sikkim's plateau area at 17,500 ft altitude on 3 September, according to an official press release.
The Army also provided medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes to the Chinese citizens, which included two men and a woman. It also gave them appropriate guidance after which they returned to their destination.
"The soldiers of Indian Army immediately reached out and provided medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes to protect them from the vagaries of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions," stated the Army.
The Chinese citizens expressed their gratitude to India and the Indian Army for their prompt assistance.
Meanwhile, the Indian and Chinese troops are locked in a bitter border row in eastern Ladakh for the last four months. The tensions had escalated manifold after 20 Indian Army personnel were killed in a fierce clash between the two sides in Galwan Valley on June 15. The Chinese military is yet to reveal the casualties it suffered in the clash.
Tensions flared up again in the region after China unsuccessfully attempted to occupy Indian territory on the southern bank of Pangong lake around a week back.
Following the attempts, India occupied a number of strategic heights on the southern bank of Pangong lake and strengthened its presence in Finger 2 and Finger 3 areas in the region to thwart any Chinese actions. China has strongly objected to India's move.
India has also rushed in additional troops and weapons to the sensitive region following China's transgression attempts.
Defence ministers of the two countries met on the sidelines of a multilateral meet in Moscow on Friday