China removed an old bunker of the Indian Army located at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan in Sikkim by using a bulldozer after the Indian side refused to accede to its request to dismantle it, according to official sources.
The incident that took place in June first week in Doka La general area in Sikkim led to a face-off between the two forces, triggering tension in the Sikkim section of the border, the sources said on Wednesday.
China is believed to have not taken kindly to India building many new bunkers and upgrading older ones along the border in Sikkim in the recent past to augment its defences against the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the sources said.
Of the 3,488-km-long border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.
Beijing is also upset with New Delhi over the recent visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh, the sources said, adding they were also trying to escalate tension in the forward areas, including in Sikkim, even though the border in the Northeastern State is demarcated.
The Sikkim government has sent a report to the Central government giving details of the situation along the border following the stand-off in Doka La.