three days after arrrest, PLA soldier despatched again

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 11

The Indian Army on Monday handed back to China a soldier of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), three days after apprehending him at the southern bank of Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh, Army authorities said.

The soldier was returned to China at the Chushul-Moldo border point in eastern Ladakh at 10.10 am. The Chinese soldier was captured at the southern bank of Pangong lake in the early hours of Friday after he transgressed across the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control. Following the capture of the soldier by the Indian Army, China had sought his immediate return on Saturday. It was the second such incident of India capturing and subsequently returning a Chinese soldier in the last three months.

Indian and Chinese troops are locked in a tense border standoff in eastern Ladakh for over eight months. The faceoff began in May last year, following a clash between the two sides in the Pangong lake area.

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