India returns captured PLA soldier to China

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New Delhi: The Indian Army has handed back the soldier on Monday who was held after he transgressed the LAC in the area south of Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh, as per ANI. The People’s Liberation Army soldier has been taken into custody by the Indian troops deployed in the area.

China on Saturday called for the immediate return of one of its soldiers who “went astray” in the China-India border areas and was apprehended by the Indian Army. As per reports from news agencies, the Indian Army has handed back the soldier to China at Chushul-Moldo at 10.10 AM on Monday.

The recent capture of the soldier has happened amid a massive deployment of troops by the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in eastern Ladakh in the wake of the tense border standoff that erupted following a clash between the two sides in the Pangong lake area in early May.

This is the second instance since last year when a PLA soldier was captured on the Indian side of the LAC. On October 20, 2020, a PLA soldier, identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long, was captured near the Demchok area of Ladakh. The Army had recovered civil and military documents from him. He was provided a medical assistant and was returned a day later.