New Delhi: The Indian Army on Saturday took a Chinese soldier into custody for transgressing the Line of Actual Control (LAC) from Ladakh. The soldier was captured around the Rezang La heights area near Gurung hill in Ladakh. According to reports, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier had allegedly lost his way and entered the Indian territory. Also Read - China Pakistan Economic Corridor: When China Invested in Pakistan, They Did The Math

“During early hours of 08 January 21, a Chinese soldier was apprehended on the Indian side of the LAC, Ladakh, in the area South of Pangong Tso lake. The PLA soldier had transgressed across the LAC and was taken into custody by Indian troops deployed in this area,” Indian Army released a statement. Also Read - 'We Were Bitten by Coronavirus Infected Bats': Wuhan Scientists Make Startling Revelation in a 2017 Video

The PLA soldier will be returned to China after investigating the circumstances as per standard procedures. Also Read - China Ramping Up Border Infrastructure, Govt Taking Necessary Measures: MEA

“Chinese Army soldier apprehended around the Rezang La heights area, Ladakh has been informed about their soldier in the Indian custody. Both sides are in touch over the issue,” a source told ANI.

“Troops from either side are deployed along LAC since friction erupted last year due to unprecedented mobilisation and forward concentration by Chinese troops. PLA soldier is being dealt with as per laid down procedures & circumstances under which crossed LAC,” the Army stated.

Earlier in October, a Chinese soldier was apprehended by the Indian Army near Demchok area of eastern Ladakh.

Corporal Wang Ya Long, the soldier, was provided with required medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes for the time he spent in custody and was handed back a day later at the Chushul Moldo meeting point.

Both Indian and Chinese armies have deployed over 50,000 troops each along the LAC in eastern Ladakh, following escalation of the five-month-long military standoff that began in early May.