The Indian Army has handed back a soldier of the People’s Liberation Army, who was caught straying across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, to China at the Chushul Moldo meeting point. He was caught in the Demchok sector of the eastern Ladakh, where the situation is tense with over 50,000 troops deployed by both the armies with advanced weapons.

The name of the PLA soldier as disclosed by the Indian Army is Wang Ya Long. He holds the rank of Corporal in the Chinese army. Earlier, the Indian Army had stated that the PLA had requested to know about the whereabouts of the missing soldier.

“As per established protocols, he will be returned to Chinese officials at the Chushul-Moldo meeting point after completion of formalities,” the Indian Army had said in a statement.

On Monday, the PLA had said in a statement that one of its soldiers went missing on the evening of October 18.

“After the incident, Chinese border guards took the initiative to report the situation to the Indian side as soon as possible, and hoped that the Indian side would assist in search and rescue,” Western Theatre Command spokesperson Colonel Zhang Shuili had said.

On October 12, the military commanders of both the armies had held a talk for the seventh since since when the border tension started to escalate. The armies of India and China will be holding the eighth round of military talks later this week. A date of the discussion is yet to be announced.