A Chinese soldiers was held by Indian security forces in Chumar-Demchok area of Ladakh on Monday. According to reports, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier may have inadvertently crossed the Line of Actual (LAC). The Chinese soldier have been identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long. He was strayed across the LAC.
Ya Long will be returned to the Chinese Army though established protocol. “Chinese soldier apprehended by security forces in Chumar-Demchok area of Ladakh. He might have entered Indian territory inadvertently. He will be returned to Chinese Army as per established protocol after following due procedure,” reported news agency ANI quoting sources as saying. PLA Soldiers Crying on Way to LAC in Ladakh? Video Goes Viral Amid India-China Border Dispute.
The Indian Army is investigating the incident. Indian intelligence agencies are reportedly looking into the espionage angle. Some sources claimed that the soldier might have been spying on Indian positions in the sector. The development came amid ongoing border dispute between the Indian and the Chinese Armies. Meanwhile, eighth round of commander-level talks between the armies will take place this wek.
India and China are locked in a standoff in Ladakh since May. The dispute escalated after 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers were engaged in a violent face-off on the evening of May 5. Similar incident took place in north Sikkim on May 9. Several Indian and Chinese troops were injured in the clashes.
On June 15, in the violent clash in Galwan valley area of Ladakh sector, 20 Indian army soldiers attained martyrdom, while double the number of PLA troops reportedly also killed. However, the Chinese government never disclosed the fatalities. Notably, India has now captured advantageous positions in the southern bank of Pangong Tso lake.
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