A Chinese Army soldier has been captured near Demchok, Ladakh who was carrying civil and military documents when he was captured in Ladakh by the Indian Army. The Indian Army took him into its custody after capturing him.
As per the initial reports, "Chinese soldier apprehended in Chumar-Demchok area of Ladakh. He might have entered Indian territory inadvertently. He will be returned to the Chinese Army as per established protocol after following due procedure.
Request received from PLA about whereabouts of the missing soldier: Indian Army
"A PLA soldier identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long was apprehended in the Demchok sector of Eastern Ladakh on October 19, 2020 after he had strayed across the LAC," Indian Army in a statement said.
The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier told Indian agencies that he had crossed the disputed border to retrieve a yak that had strayed into Indian territory.
The force said that 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. "A request has also been received from the PLA about the whereabouts of the missing soldier," the Indian Army said.
India and China have amassed thousands of soldiers, tanks and missiles in the worst ever border crisis in four decades. Multiple rounds of talks between senior military commanders and diplomats and ministers have failed to resolve the crisis.
Winters have arrived on the Himalayas and soldiers now face the prospect of braving temperate -- 30 degrees below zero degree Celsius