A Chinese soldier was apprehended by the Army on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) south of Pangong Lake in Ladakh in the early hours of Friday.

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier is being dealt with as per laid down procedures and circumstances under which he had crossed the LAC are being investigated, the Army said.

“The PLA soldier had transgressed across the LAC and was taken into custody by Indian troops deployed in this area… The PLA soldier is being dealt with as per laid down procedures and circumstances under which he had crossed the LAC are being investigated,” an official said.

This is the second such case of a Chinese soldier straying across the LAC since October last year. In that month, a PLA soldier, identified as Wang Ya Long, was caught by Indian forces in eastern Ladakh's Demchok sector. He was repatriated shortly after by the Indian Army.

Heights on both banks of the lake have been at the centre of the border row between the two countries.

India and China have so far held multiple rounds of talks to de-escalate tensions in the region as troops from both sides faced a freezing winter in the mountains.

The tension between India and China in eastern Ladakh peaked in June 2020 in a clash that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and an unspecified number of Chinese casualties. The two countries have moved tens of thousands of troops and weapons into the high-altitude region since March and several rounds of talks have failed to significantly ease tensions.