Ladakh Accident: Indian Army gives health update of 19 soldiers injured in the accident

Ladakh Accident: The Western Command of the Indian Army on Saturday said the 19 soldiers who were injured on Friday, May 27, after the vehicle carrying them fall off the road and tumbled into the Shyok River in the Turtuk sector of Ladakh, are currently stable.

The Western Command tweeted, “19 soldiers of Western Command injured in a bus accident near Partapur were airlifted and moved through Green Corridor in Chandigarh for treatment to Command Hospital. Prompt surgical procedures were undertaken and all are currently stable.”

When did the accident happen?

The accident happened around 9 a.m., around 25 kilometers from Thoise. The 26 soldiers were traveling in a privately chartered car from Partapur, where an Indian Army brigade is headquartered, to an advanced site known as Sub Sector Hanif.

“The vehicle skidded off the road and fell in Shyok river to a depth of around 50-60 feet, resulting in injuries to all occupants,” said one of the officials referred above.

The soldiers were initially taken to Partapur’s 403 Field Hospital before being flown to Chandigarh for treatment at the Western Command Hospital, one of the army’s best medical facilities in the country.

Whose mistake is behind the accident according to the army officials?

Inspector Stanzin Dorje, station house officer at Nubra, stated, “Prima Facie (On the face), it appeared to be a case of driver’s negligence.”

Another officer said, “The driver, Ahmed Shah of Changmar, lost control of the bus and it rolled down into a deep gorge, around 80 to 90 feet deep. Rescue operations were launched by Leh police, Army, and locals.”

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An FIR has been issued at Nubra police station in connection with the case against Shah under sections 279 (rash or reckless driving), 337 (causing harm by an act endangering human life), and 304-A (causing death by carelessness) of the Indian Penal Code.

According to an army officer, the incident serves as a reminder of how soldiers risk their lives every day to carry out their responsibilities in distant places.

Ladakh Accident: 7 Army personnel dies in the same road accident

In the same Ladhak road disaster where a bus carrying 26 army members went off the road and 19 soldiers were injured, seven of the 26 soldiers were killed.

“Seven individuals have been declared fatal so far. There are grievous injuries to others as well. Dedicated efforts are underway to ensure that the best medical care is provided to the injured,” informed the army officials yesterday.

PM Modi and other people paid their condolences

Prime Minister Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Actor Sonu Sood, Cricket, and past Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohli paid their condolences to the families who lost their family members in the accident.

 

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