Tragic Loss of Soldiers in Ladakh Incident

Tragic Loss of Soldiers in Ladakh Incident

Five soldiers lost their lives in a tragic incident when their tank was swept away by strong water currents in the Shyok river during a military training in Ladakh.

Details of the Incident

The incident occurred during a military training withdrawal near Saser Brangsa in eastern Ladakh. The Army tank became stuck in the Shyok River due to a sudden increase in water level, despite rescue efforts by teams. Unfortunately, the high current and water levels thwarted the rescue mission, resulting in the loss of the tank crew’s lives.

Identification of Victims

The deceased soldiers have been identified as:

  1. Risaldar M.R.K. Reddy
  2. Havildar Subhan Khan
  3. Daffadar Bhupndra Negi
  4. Lance Daffadar Ekeidaung Teibam
  5. Craftsman Sadarbonia Nagaraju

Geographic and Military Context

The incident took place in Sub-Sector North of Ladakh, encompassing the Depsang plains and Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO). DBO, crucial for its airfield and strategic importance, is currently accessible via the Darbuk-Shyok-DBO road, with ongoing efforts to establish alternate access through Saser La.

Military Deployment and Significance

India has deployed tanks in eastern Ladakh over the past decade, significantly bolstering its presence amid the standoff with China since May 2020. This area includes vital border personnel meeting points along the Line of Actual Control.

Condolences and Reactions

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed deep sorrow over the soldiers’ sacrifice, honoring their exemplary service and offering condolences to their families. The Fire and Fury Corps in Ladakh also paid tribute to the fallen soldiers.

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with Answers:

  1. What was the cause of the incident involving the tank in Ladakh?
    • A) Enemy attack
    • B) Strong water currents
    • C) Equipment malfunction
    • D) Extreme weather conditions
    • Answer: B) Strong water currents
  2. Which route currently provides access to Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO)?
    • A) Saser La
    • B) Depsang plains route
    • C) Darbuk-Shyok-DBO road
    • D) Ancient trade route
    • Answer: C) Darbuk-Shyok-DBO road
  3. Who expressed condolences to the bereaved families of the deceased soldiers?
    • A) Prime Minister Narendra Modi
    • B) President Ram Nath Kovind
    • C) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
    • D) Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat
    • Answer: C) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh