Prez Murmu, VP Dhankhar, Modi express condolences on death of 9 Army personnel in Ladakh

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NEW DELHI: President Droupadi Murmu and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar expressed their condolences on the death of nine soldiers who were killed on Saturday after their truck skidded off the road and plunged into a deep gorge in Leh district of Ladakh.

President Murmu said she was “deeply anguished” by the news of the accident and added that “the nation owes a great debt of gratitude to these soldiers for their selfless sacrifice”.

“Deeply anguished to learn that a road accident in Leh led to loss of lives of Indian Army personnel. I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. May God give them strength to bear this tragedy. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured. The nation owes a great debt of gratitude to these soldiers for their selfless sacrifice,” Rashtrapati Bhavan said on ‘X’ formerly known as Twitter.

Vice President Jagdeep Dhakhar also condoled the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured.

According to defence officials, as many as nine Indian Army personnel were killed and one was injured after their vehicle fell into a gorge in Ladakh.
According to officials, the accident occurred around 6.30 pm. “The troops were moving from Karu garrison to Kyari near Leh,” they added.

“An ALS vehicle which was moving as part of a convoy from Leh to Nyoma, skidded into the valley at approximately 5:45-6:00 PM, 7 Km short of Kiari. There were 10 personnel travelling in the vehicle out of which nine died and one got injured. The injured personnel has been shifted to the hospital,” the Indian Army officials said on Saturday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also condoled the death of soldiers who died after an Army truck fell into a river in Ladakh, saying their rich service to the nation will always be remembered.

Taking to social media platform ‘X’, PM Modi also expressed his condolence to the bereaved families of the deceased soldiers.

“Pained by the mishap near Leh in which we have lost personnel of the Indian Army. Their rich service to the nation will always be remembered. Condolences to the bereaved families. May those who are injured recover at the earliest,” the PM said.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has expressed his condolences over the death of nine army jawans after their vehicle fell into a gorge in Ladakh and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.

Taking to his social media handle X, formerly known as Twitter, Kharge said that the country will be ‘indebted’ to soldiers.

“The news of the martyrdom of 9 soldiers due to an accident of an army truck in Leh is very sad. We will always be indebted to our brave soldiers. Our deepest condolences to the bereaved families and relatives of the brave soldiers. We wish the injured a speedy recovery,” Kharge said on Saturday.
He further said that the whole country is with the families of the victims in this hour of grief.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday expressed his condolences.

In a condolence message, on his social media handle X, formerly Twitter, the Congress MP wrote,” The news of the martyrdom of many of our soldiers due to the accident of an army vehicle in Ladakh is extremely sad. I pay my humble tribute to all the martyrs. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families of the Jawans. I hope for the speedy recovery of the injured”.

Condoling the demise of Indian Army soldiers in an accident near Leh in Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that country will never forget their exemplary service.

According to defence officials, as many as nine Indian Army personnel were killed and one was injured after their vehicle fell into a gorge in Ladakh.
Taking to the social media platform, X, formerly called Twitter, Defence Minister said, “Saddened by the loss of Indian Army personnel due to an accident near Leh in Ladakh. We will never forget their exemplary service to our nation. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.”

He said that the injured personnel have been rushed to the Field Hospital. “Praying for their speedy recovery,” Singh added. (ANI)

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