Chinese soldier apprehended in eastern Ladakh's Demchok sector by Indian Army; to be returned
The PLA soldier identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long was apprehended after he strayed across the LAC. He has been provided with required medical assistance, the Indian Army said in a statement
New Delhi: A Corporal of Chinese People's Liberation Army was apprehended in the Demchok sector of eastern Ladakh on Monday after he had strayed across the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian Army said.
The Chinese soldier has been identified as Wang Ya Long and he has been provided with required medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes, it said.
Both Indian and Chinese armies have deployed over 50,000 troops each along the LAC in eastern Ladakh including in the Demchok sector following an escalation of the five-month-long military standoff that began in early May.
The Army said the PLA soldier will be returned after completion of all the formalities.
"A PLA soldier identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long was apprehended in the Demchok sector of Eastern Ladakh on 19 October after he had strayed across the LAC," the Army said in a statement.
"The PLA soldier has been provided medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes to protect him from the vagaries of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions," it added.
The statement said a request has also been received from the PLA about the whereabouts of the missing soldier.
"As per established protocols, he will be returned back to Chinese officials at the Chushul-Moldo meeting point after completion of formalities," the Army said.
Sources said the PLA soldier was interrogated on how he crossed over to the Indian side.
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