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Indian Army returns Chinese soldier held in Ladakh

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The Chinese soldier, who was arrested last week on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, has been handed back to China on Monday. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier was handed back to China at the Chushul-Moldo meeting at 10.10 AM.

China had demanded the immediate return of its soldier who was apprehended by the Indian Army at the southern bank of Pangong Tso lake in eastern Ladakh after he transgressed into the Indian territory. The soldier was held on Friday.

The development comes at a time when the Indian and Chinese sides are engaged in a nasty border tussle since May 2020 that also resulted in a physical clash between the two armies.

Second incident

It was the second time in the past three months that a Chinese soldier transgressed into the Indian territory along LAC.

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On October 19, 2020, Indian troops had captured a Chinese soldier after he “strayed” across the LAC in the Demchok sector of Ladakh. Corporal Wang Ya Long of the PLA was handed back to China at Chushul-Moldo border point in eastern Ladakh following laid down protocols.

China confirmed

In Beijing, the Chinese military had confirmed that one of its soldiers “went astray” along 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,” China military online, an official website of the PLA had said.

“The PLA frontier defence force notified the Indian side of the information the first time, hoping the Indian side could assist in search and rescue of the lost Chinese soldier.”

“Nearly two hours later, the response from the Indian side came, confirming that the missing soldier had been found and would be returned to the Chinese side after receiving instructions from the superior authority,” it had said.

 

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