A major action has been taken in the case of soldiers killed in a vehicle accident in Ladakh’s Turtuk sector on Friday. A case has been registered against the driver for the bus falling into the Shyok river. The Western Command of the Indian Army said on Saturday that the condition of 19 soldiers, who were injured when a vehicle skidded off the road and fell into the Shyok River in Ladakh’s Turtuk sector on Friday, is stable. Seven soldiers were Martyred in the accident.
The Western Command said that 19 soldiers of the Western Command, who were injured in a bus accident near Partapur, were airlifted and taken to the Command Hospital for treatment from the Green Corridor in Chandigarh. Immediate surgical procedures were performed, and all are currently stable.
The soldiers who lost their lives in the accident were Subedar Shinde Vijayrao from Satara, Maharashtra; Naib Subedar Gurudayal Sahu from Betul, Madhya Pradesh; Naik Sandeep Pal from Hazaribagh, Jharkhand; Naik Ramanuj Kumar from Patna, Bihar; Naik Jadhav Prashant Shivaji from Kolhapur, Maharashtra and Lance Naik Bappaditya Khutia from Pashchim Medinipur in West Bengal.
Prima facie, it appeared to be a case of driver’s negligence: Police
Nubra station house officer Inspector Stanzin Dorje said prima facie, it appears to be a case of negligence on the part of the driver. Changmar’s driver Ahmed Shah lost control of the bus, and it rolled into a gorge about 80 to 90 feet deep. After this, Leh Police, Army, and local people started rescue operations.
The army officer informed that the IPC sections 279 (speeding or negligent driving), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering human life), and 304-A (causing death by negligence) against driver Ahmed Shah. A case has been registered under A chance has been registered at Nubra police station. An army official said the incident was proof of how soldiers put their lives on the line to perform their duty in remote areas.