Ladakh News: Five army personnel killed in flood relay near LAC. Details here

The bodies of a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and four jawans, who were feared to have drowned, were recovered, defense officials said.

Five army soldiers were swept away while crossing a river in a T-72 tank near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh's Pneuma Chishol area on Saturday morning, officials said.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh offered condolences to the bereaved families on Saturday afternoon.

“Deeply saddened by the loss of lives of five of our brave Indian soldiers in an unfortunate accident while getting a tank across a river in Ladakh,” Singh added.

We will never forget the exemplary service of our brave soldiers for the nation. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. The nation stands with him in this hour of grief,” the minister wrote on X.

“On the night of June 28, 2024, during withdrawal from a military training activity, an Army tank got stuck due to a sudden surge in the Shivk River near Sesar Bangsa in eastern Ladakh,” the Fire and Fury Corps, Indian Army, said in a post on X. went into the water.”

“The T-72 tank carrying five soldiers was submerged by the flood while it was crossing the river,” the officials said.

It further read, “Rescue teams reached the spot, but due to current and high water level, the rescue mission was not successful and the crew of the tank lost their lives. The Indian Army launched an operation in eastern Ladakh.” Expressed regret over the death of five brave personnel during the rescue operations.

Congress president Mallikarjan Kharge said he was deeply saddened by the news of the accident and loss of life.

“Deeply saddened by the loss of lives of 5 Indian Army braves, including a JCO, while retrieving a T-72 tank across a river in Ladakh. Our condolences to the families of the soldiers who were victims of this painful tragedy. Heartfelt condolences. In this hour of grief, the nation stands together to salute the exemplary service of our brave soldiers,” he posted on X.

Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu also expressed condolences over the incident.

“Deeply saddened to learn that a T-72 tank with five soldiers has been swept away by floods near the Line of Actual Control in Pneuma-Chasol area of ​​Ladakh. Praying for the safety and well-being of our brave soldiers,” he said. Posted on X

Rescue operation was started.

(with input from agencies)

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