New Delhi: A Chinese soldier, who was held last week on the Indian side of the LAC (Line of Actual Control) in Ladakh, has been handed back, reports said on Monday.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier was handed back to China at the Chushul-Moldo meeting at 10:10 this morning, NDTV reported.

Last week, the Indian army in a statement had said: “The People’s Liberation Army (PLA soldier) had transgressed across the LAC and was taken into custody by Indian troops deployed in this area (south of Pangong Tso). Troops from either side are deployed along the LAC since friction erupted last year due to unprecedented mobilisation and forward concentration by Chinese troops.”

Reports said that heights on both banks of the lake have been at the centre of the border row between the two countries.

The statement added that PLA soldier is being dealt with according to procedures and circumstances under which he crossed the LAC are being investigated, the statement said. The soldier is likely to be returned after the completion of formalities involved in such cases.

Earlier on October 19, 2020, Corporal Wang Ya Long of the PLA was apprehended by the Indian Army in eastern Ladakh’s Demchok sector after he strayed across the contested LAC amid the prevailing border tensions with China in the sensitive region. He was returned to the PLA the next day at the Chushul-Moldo meeting point, where senior commanders from both armies have been holding military talks to reduce friction in the eastern Ladakh theatre.

Officials had said: “The PLA soldier was apparently moving from one location to another on the Chinese side of the LAC when he lost his way. He was carrying a sleeping bag, a storage device, his military identity card and mobile with a charger. He was released after a thorough interrogation and completion of the necessary formalities.”

Pertinently, the armies of India and Chinese have held eight rounds of military talks so far, with dates yet to be announced for the delayed ninth round of dialogue between corps commander-ranked officers of the two countries.

 

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