Amid rising tensions with China over the ongoing stand-off in Doklam, the Indian Army has reportedly ordered the evacuation of a village located in the region, News18 has reported.
According to the channel’s reports, the Indian Army has asked villagers living in Nathang, located 35 km from the site of the two-month-old stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops, to immediately vacate their houses. However, it was not clear if the order was issued to accommodate soldiers or avoid civilian casualties in case of a conflict. Villagers of Nathang have confirmed witnessing heavy troop movement in the area of late.
This development comes soon after the Indian Express reported about the movement of thousands of soldiers of the 33 Corps of the Indian Army looking after Sikkim’s border with China. According to the report, Army has advanced its schedule for 33 Corps’ Operational Alert, a two-week event in which all Army units move to familiarise themselves with their likely area of operation.
The Indian Express report also states that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has increased presence of troops in the vicinity of the stand-off site. PLA has reportedly pitched around 80 tents at a distance of around one kilometre from the site.
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