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Seven Indian soldiers die, 19 hurt in Ladakh accident; Prez, PM and others express anguish

The accident took place at around 10 am between Partapur and Turtuk, the officials said.

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Srinagar: Seven soldiers were killed and 19 were wounded when a vehicle carrying them skidded off the road and rolled down into a gorge near Turtuk in Ladakh on Friday, Defence Ministry officials said.

The accident took place at around 10 am between Partapur and Turtuk, the officials said.

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“A party of 26 soldiers was moving to a forward location when the vehicle skidded and fell into the Shyok river,” an official said. “Seven soldiers died and 19 others were wounded. Some are badly injured.”

The Army launched a massive operation and the injured were evacuated to medical facilities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condoled the bus accident in Ladakh, in which seven Indian Army personnel lost their lives.

“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,” the Prime Minister said in a tweet.

Expressing grief over the accident, President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted, “Saddened to know that an unfortunate road accident in Ladakh has claimed the lives of some of our brave soldiers. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.

“Deeply saddened by the loss of lives of our brave Indian Army personnel due to a Bus tragedy in Ladakh. We will never forget their exemplary service to our nation. My condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured,” said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in a tweet.

Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha tweeted, “Deeply pained to learn about loss of lives of our brave Army personnel in a tragic bus accident in Ladakh. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families in this hour of grief. Their selfless service to the nation will always be remembered. Prayers for speedy recovery of injured.”

The Indian Army said that a party of 26 soldiers was moving from the Transit Camp in Partapur to a forward location in Sub Sector Hanif. Around 25 km from Thoise, 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. 

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