At least seven Indian Army soldiers lost their lives, while several others sustained injuries after the Army vehicle they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell in Shyok River in Ladakh on Friday.
The vehicle carrying a team of 26 troops was moving from the transit camp in Partapur to a forward location in Sub Sector Hanif. The vehicle skidded off the road and fell into the river, resulting in injuries to all of them. “The vehicle fell to depth of around 50-60 feet”, an official said.The accident took place in the Tuktuk sector at around 9 am at a place which is around 25 kilometres from Thoise in the Nubra region of Leh district, officials said.
Taking to Twitter, PM Narendra Modi expressed his condolence, “Anguished by the bus accident in Ladakh in which we have lost our brave Army personnel. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those injured recover at the earliest. All possible assistance is being given to the affected.”According to the official, seven individuals have been declared fatal so far, while others have been transported to Partapur’s 403 Field Hospital. A rescue operation was carried out swiftly and all the soldiers were evacuated to field hospital in Partapur, the officials said. “Dedicated efforts are underway to ensure that the best medical care is provided to the injured, including requisition of air effort from the Air Force to shift the more serious casualties to Western Command,” an official said.