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Chinese soldier apprehended in Ladakh: Army

File photo: KM/Umar Ganie

A Chinese soldier, who had crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) near the south of Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh, was apprehended by the Indian Army in the early hours of Friday. The Army said that the Chinese soldier is being dealt with laid down protocols. More details about the incident are awaited.

In a statement releases on Saturday, the Indian Army said: “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.”

 

“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.

About the further course of action they said Chinese Army soldiers apprehended around the Rezang La heights area, Ladakh has been informed about their soldier in the Indian custody. Both sides are in touch over the issue.

It may be recalled that the Indian Army in October last year handed over a PLA soldier to China after he was apprehended by them at Demchok area in eastern Ladakh.

Notably, the Defence Ministry in its annual review report accused China of using ‘Unorthodox weapons’ in the Galwan valley clash on June 15 cash last year. It said that while preventing PLA troops from increasing into Indian Territory, the Chinese also suffered significant casualties.