No less than seven Indian officers were killed and 19 others harmed in a street mishap in the distant Ladakh locale, near the nation’s contested line with China, police said Friday.
The world’s two most crowded countries diverted huge number of extra soldiers into the high-elevation Himalayan locale after a destructive hand-to-hand fight in June 2020 remaining something like 20 Indian and four Chinese troopers dead.
“Seven troopers killed, 19 harmed in the far off Nubra region,” a senior cop in Ladakh told AFP.
The occurrence happened early Friday when a vehicle conveying the warriors for sending near the challenged outskirts slipped off the street and plunged around 15 meters (50 feet) into the Shyok River, as per the authority.
“Anguished by the transport mishap in Ladakh in which we have lost our daring armed force staff,” India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
“My considerations are with the deprived families. I trust those harmed recuperate at the earliest. All conceivable help is being given to the impacted.”
India and China, in the wake of battling a full-scale line battle in 1962, have long blamed each other for attempting to hold onto an area along their informal separation, which is known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Relations have soured emphatically since a June 2020 conflict along one segment among Ladakh and Tibet.
The two sides have since built up the district with additional warriors, military equipment and new framework as various rounds of military and political discussions have neglected to de-heighten strains.