The circumstances under which the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier crossed the LAC are being investigated, sources said.
Indian army on Friday apprehended a Chinese soldier on the Indian side of Line of Actual Control (LAC) and was taken into custody by Indian troops, officials said today. The circumstances under which the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier crossed the LAC are being investigated and he is being dealt with according to laid down procedures, the sources said, NDTV reported.
“During early hours of 08 January 21, 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,” an official informed.
“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 official further added.
Since October last year, this is the second such case of a Chinese soldier straying across the LAC. In October, a PLA soldier, identified as Wang Ya Long, was caught by Indian forces in eastern Ladakh’s Demchok sector. He was repatriated shortly after by the Indian Army.
Both Indian and Chinese forces have been in a position of stand-off for several months now in the Eastern Ladakh region. There have been multiple meetings held between two sides to find resolve the issue, however, the countries have failed to come to a common understanding so far.
The neighbouring countries agreed to continue work towards ensuring complete disengagement of troops in all friction points along the LAC in eastern Ladakh at the “earliest”. Yet, several rounds of diplomatic and military talks later, no breakthrough has been achieved so far.