Five Indian Army Personnel Lose Their Lives in Ladakh Tank Exercise Mishap


Ladakh: In a heartbreaking incident near the Line of Actual Control (LAC), five Army soldiers, including one Junior Commissioned Officer and four jawans, lost their lives during a tank exercise in the Daulat Beg Oldie area. The mishap occurred as they attempted to cross a river in a T-72 tank.

The Unfolding Tragedy

  • Location: Daulat Beg Oldie area, Ladakh
  • Time: Early Saturday morning
  • Cause: Sudden surge in water levels
  • Tank Involved: T-72 tank
  • Sector: Nyoma-Chushul area, near the LAC

The ill-fated tank, part of a river-crossing exercise, encountered trouble near Mandir Morh, approximately 148 kilometers from the base. Swift rescue teams were dispatched to the scene, but the raging currents thwarted their efforts.

The Official Statement

According to the Indian Army’s official statement, the tank became stuck in the Shyok River, near Saser Brangsa in Eastern Ladakh. Despite valiant attempts, the rescue mission faced insurmountable challenges due to the high water levels.

Condolences and Solidarity

  • National Mourning: The nation mourns the loss of these brave soldiers.
  • Heartfelt Condolences: A senior official expressed deep sorrow, acknowledging the exemplary service rendered by the fallen soldiers.
  • Army Chief’s Tribute: General Manoj Pandey and the entire Indian Army stand firmly with the bereaved families during this hour of grief.