At least seven Indian Army soldiers were killed and several others were injured after the vehicle they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell in Shyok river in Turtuk sector of Ladakh. The vehicle fell to a depth of around 50-60 feet.
“A party of 26 soldiers was moving from the transit camp in Partapur to a forward location in Sub Sector Hanif. The vehicle skidded off the road and fell in Shyok river, resulting in injuries to all occupants,” the Indian Army said in a statement.
All 26 soldiers were evacuated to an army field hospital and surgical teams from Leh were rushed to Partapur. Seven soldiers succumbed to injuries later.
The Army sources said that efforts are on to ensure the best medical care for the injured, including the requisition of air effort from IAF to shift more serious ones to Western Command.