PLA soldier, apprehended by Indian Army, returns to China | India News

NEW DELHI: The PLA soldier, who had been apprehended by Indian troops on January 8 in eastern Ladakh, was handed back to China at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on Monday.
The soldier had inadvertently strayed into Indian territory, where troops from the two countries are ranged against each other in the ongoing military confrontation since early May.
In a statement Saturday, the Army said the “PLA soldier had transgressed across the LAC and was taken into custody by Indian troops” deployed in the area.
In Beijing, the Chinese military 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 said.
This is the second time since the start of the military standoff last May that a Chinese soldier has been apprehended on the Indian side of the LAC in eastern Ladakh. In October, a PLA soldier, Corporal Wang Ya Long was apprehended after he inadvertently crossed the LAC in Demchok sector. He was handed over to China at the Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting point on October 21 after two days in Indian custody.

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