Srinagar: Seven soldiers were killed and 19 others injured in a road accident in Ladakh on Friday, defence sources said.
According to the sources, 26 soldiers were injured in the road accident in Turtuk area of Ladakh.
“Seven soldiers died on the spot while 19 others were injured. The injured soldiers have been airlifted to military hospital in Chandigarh,” a defence source said.
PM Modi, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh condole death of soldiers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the bus accident in Ladakh.
“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 that the injured recover at the earliest. All possible assistance is being given to the affected,” PM Modi tweeted.
Meanwhile, Union Ministers Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh also expressed their grief on the accident and wished for the speedy recovery of injured Army personnel.
“The accident that took place when an Indian Army bus fell into a river in Ladakh is very sad. I express my condolences to the families of our brave soldiers who have lost their lives in this accident. The injured have been taken for speedy treatment, I pray to God for their speedy recovery,” Shah said in a tweet.
The Defence Minister also spoke to Chief of Army, General Manoj Pande and discussed the steps taken to save the lives of injured soldiers.
As many as seven Indian Army soldiers lost their lives after the bus they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell in the Shyok river in the Turtuk sector of Ladakh on Friday
There were 26 soldiers in the bus, which was moving from the Transit Camp in Partapur to a forward location in sub-sector Hanif.
The accident took place at 9 am around 25 km from Thoise. The bus fell to a depth of around 50-60 feet, resulting in injuries to all occupants.