19 Aug 2023

Nine Army Personnel Feared Dead In Ladakh As Vehicle Plunges Into Gorge


Leh: Nine Army personnel were feared dead after their vehicle skidded off the road and plunged into a deep gorge in Leh district of Ladakh on Saturday, officials said.

The accident took place at Kerey in southern Ladakh's Nyoma Saturday evening, the officials said. They said a rescue operation was underway at the site. 

The deceased include eight soldiers and one Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO). The truck was moving from Karu garrison to Kyari near Leh when it fell into the gorge 7 kms ahead of Kyari town. It was a part of a troop including an SUV and an ambulance with a total of 34 personnel. The three vehicles were a part of a recce party.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took to social media to offer condolences for the death. "Saddened by the loss of Indian Army personnel due to an accident near Leh in Ladakh. We will never forget their exemplary service to our nation. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. The injured personnel have been rushed to the Field Hospital. Praying for their speedy recovery," he wrote in a tweet on X (formerly Twitter).

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