SRINAGAR: A junior commissioned officer (JCO) and eight soldiers lost their lives while a colleague suffered grave injuries when their vehicle skidded off the road and plunged into a deep gorge near Kiari in southern Ladakh’s Nyoma region around 4.45pm on Saturday.
Officials said the military vehicle with 10 personnel was on its way to Nyoma from Leh. The driver lost control and the vehicle tumbled into a gorge with an estimated depth of 50 to 60 feet from the road.


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They were part of a convoy carrying around 26 soldiers from a transit camp in Partapur to a forward location in Hanif, an official said.
A rescue operation was initiated promptly following the accident. Eight soldiers were found dead, and two others were injured. They were shifted to an Army medical facility, where one of the injured died. The other injured soldier is undergoing treatment and his condition is stated to be critical.
‘Their rich service will always be remembered’: PM Modi, others condole death of soldiers in Ladakh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of soldiers who died, saying their rich service to the nation will always be remembered.
The Prime Minister’s Office, in a post on X (formerly Twitter), said: “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: PM Narendra Modi.”
Expressing his condolences, defence minister Rajnath Singh wrote on X (formerly Twitter): “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. The injured personnel have been rushed to the Field Hospital. Praying for their speedy recovery.”
Reacting to the news, Union home minister Amit Shah, in a X post, said: “Deeply saddened by the tragic road accident in Ladakh in which we lost our valiant soldiers, as their vehicle fell into a gorge. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the bereaved families in this hour of grief. My sincerest condolences to them. May the injured recover at the earliest.”
Taking to X, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said: “The news of the martyrdom of 9 soldiers in 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. The whole country is with you in this hour of grief.”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also expressed his condolences for the tragic incident. “The news of the martyrdom of many of our soldiers due to the accident in Ladakh is very 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,” he wrote on X.

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