New Delhi: Amid an ongoing stand-off with China over Doklam in Sikkim, the Indian Army has reportedly ordered the evacuation of a village close to India-Bhutan-China tri-junction.
According to media reports, the Indian Army has asked villagers living in Nathang village to immediately vacate their houses.
Nathang is just 35 km from Doklam - the site of the two-month old stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops.
However, it is still not clear if the order had been issued to accommodate thousands of Indian soldiers belonging to the 33 Corp who have been asked to move towards Doklam from Sukna.
The move is also being seen as a precautionary measure by the Indian Army to avoid civilian casualties in case of a skirmish.
The move holds significance in the wake of repeated threats from China over the ownership of Doklam. A state-controlled Chinese daily had on August 9 warned that the countdown to war has begun and India should come to its senses and withdraw troops from Dokalam.
China has also reportedly deployed more troops to the stand-off zone in Sikkim's Dokalam.
A fresh editorial in the Global Times, titled New Delhi should come to its senses while it has time, went on to state that the window to peacefully resolve the stand-off in Doklam was closing as the row enters its seventh week.