Nineteen wounded soldiers are currently stable after a vehicle skidded off the road into the Shyok River in the emergency sector of Ladakh, the Western Command of the Indian Army said on Saturday. Seven warriors were martyred in the crash.
“19 soldiers of the Western Command, who were injured in a bus accident near Partapur, were evacuated via the Green Corridor in Chandigarh to be treated by Air Force Command Hospital. Rapid surgical procedures were performed and everything is currently stable, ”Western Command tweeted.
The accident occurred at 9 am, 25 km from Thois. The 26 soldiers were on their way in a privately-rented vehicle from the Transit Camp at Partapur, headquartered in the Indian Army’s Brigade, to the next area known as Sub Sector Hanif.
“The vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a depth of 50-60 feet in the Shyok River, resulting in injuries to all passengers,” an official quoted above said.
The soldiers were initially shifted to 403 Field Hospital in Partapur and then flown to Chandigarh for treatment at the Western Command Hospital, one of the Army’s best medical facilities in the country.
Station House Officer, Inspector Stanjin Dorje, of Nubra, said: “At first glance, it appears to be a case of driver negligence.”
Another police officer said, “Changmar’s driver, Ahmad Shah, lost control of the bus and crashed into a deep gorge about 80 to 90 feet deep. Leh police, army and locals started the rescue operation.
An FIR has been filed against the Shah under Section 279 of the Indian Penal Code (speeding or negligent driving), 337 (causing injury to human life), 304-A (causing death by negligence). Recorded at Nubra Police Station.
The incident is a reminder of how soldiers put their lives on a daily basis to carry out their duties in remote areas, an army official said.