A Chinese soldier has been apprehended on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LoAC) in Ladakh, the Indian Army said on 9 January. The development comes amid ongoing border tension between India and China.
“During early hours of 8 January, a Chinese soldier was apprehended on the Indian side of the LoAC, Ladakh, in the area South of Pangong Tso lake,” the Indian Army said.
The PLA soldier had transgressed across the LoAC and was taken into custody by Indian troops deployed in the area.
Troops from both sides are deployed along the LoAC since friction erupted last year due to unprecedented mobilisation and forward concentration by Chinese troops.
The Indian security forces are dealing with the Chinese soldier as per laid down procedures and circumstances under which he had crossed the LoAC. He is being investigated, sources said.
The Indian Army has informed the Chinese counterpart about the development and both sides are in touch over the issue, they added.
India and China have been locked in a high-altitude standoff in eastern Ladakh since May last year. The simmering border tension between the two flared up manifold in June when troops of both countries engaged in a violent face-off in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, in which 20 Indian soldiers were martyred and several others injured.
Since then, the two countries have held several rounds of military and diplomatic level talks in the past six months to end the stalemate but failed to achieve any major breakthrough.
The Ministry of External Affairs announced on 8 January that both countries have maintained communication to avoid any “misunderstandings and misjudgments” and achieve complete disengagement at all friction areas along the LoAC.
Replying to a query on the status of talks with the Chinese side over the border row, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “Both sides have maintained communication at the ground level to avoid any misunderstandings and misjudgments even as discussions continue for achieving complete disengagement in all friction areas in accordance with the existing bilateral agreements to restore peace and tranquility.”