INDIA. MUMBAI: An FIR has been filed against the driver, Ahmed Shah, on charges of negligent driving in a case in which seven soldiers died, and 19 others were injured when a bus carrying them fell into a gorge (Shyok river) Turtuk sector of Ladakh on Friday.
The FIR was filed at Nubra police station under sections 279 (rash or negligent driving), 337 (causing harm by an act endangering human life), and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code.
The soldiers traveled from the transit camp in Partapur to a forward location in Sub Sector Hanif in a privately hired bus. The bus veered off the road and into the Shyok River during the journey. The bus driver jumped out seconds before the vehicle plummeted to a depth of 50-60 feet. All of the occupants were injured, and seven were declared dead.
According to Nubra police Inspector Stanzin Dorje, it appeared to be a case of driver negligence at first glance. The Indian Army carried out the rescue operation with the assistance of Leh Police and locals. The soldiers were initially taken to the 403 Field Hospital in Partapur. Surgical teams were brought to Partapur from Leh. Later, the 19 injured soldiers were flown to Western Command Hospital in Chandi Mandir Chandigarh). According to official sources, the injured soldiers’ conditions were stable.
Subedar Shinde Vijayrao (Satara, Maharashtra), Naib Subedar Gurudayal Sahu (Betul, Madhya Pradesh), Naik Sandeep Pal (Hazaribagh, Jharkhand), Naik Ramanuj Kumar (Patna, Bihar), Naik Jadhav Prashant Shivaji (Kolhapur, Maharashtra), and Lance Naik Bappaditya (West Medinipur, West Bengal).
Meanwhile, a solemn wreath-laying ceremony was held on Sunday at the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre (MLIRC) in Belgaum (Karnataka) to pay tribute to its brave heart Naik Jadhav Prashant Shivaji of 22 Maratha Light Infantry. On Sunday, their mortal remains were flown in from New Delhi for last rituals at his native place, Basarge, Gadhinglaj in Kolhapur.
Brigadier Joydeep Mukharji laid wreaths at MLIRC on behalf of Major General K Narayanan, Colonel of the Regiment, and General Manoj Pande, Chief of Army Staff.
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