A Chinese soldier, who was nabbed by the Indian Army from the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control last week has been handed back to China at Chushul sector on Monday morning. He was apprehended from the southern bank of Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh on Friday.
South Pangong Tso is one of the areas where only a few hundred metres separate troops of both countries.
The capture of the soldier comes amid a massive deployment of troops by the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in eastern Ladakh following a clash between the two sides in the Pangong lake area in early May.
In a statement, the Indian Army said: “During early hours of January 8, a Chinese soldier was apprehended on the Indian side of the LAC, in Ladakh, in area South of Pangong Tso lake. The PLA soldier had transgressed across the LAC and was taken into custody by Indian troops deployed in this area.”
“Troops from either side are deployed along the LAC since friction erupted last year due to unprecedented mobilisation and forward concentration by Chinese troops. The PLA soldier is being dealt with as per laid down procedures and circumstances under which he had crossed the LAC are being investigated. Further details are awaited,” the Army stated.
China military online, an official website of the PLA said one of its soldiers “went astray” in the China-India border areas. “Due to darkness and complicated geography, a soldier of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army frontier defence force went astray in the China-India border early Friday morning.”
This is the second case of a Chinese soldier straying across the LAC in the last few months. In October, another PLA soldier – Wang Ya Long – was caught by Indian forces in eastern Ladakh’s Demchok sector.