Leh floods: 33 Army men swept away to PoK?

Last Updated: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 10:52

New Delhi: Thirty-three soldiers including
three JCOs, deployed along the Line of Control near Siachen
glacier, are feared to have been washed away to PoK in flash
floods in Ladakh and help of Pakistan has been sought to trace
them.

A senior army officer said today that the jawans, who
were manning a post near Turtok along the Line of Control
(LoC), still remained untraced after they faced the fury of a
swollen Shyok river on the same day when Leh was hit by flash
floods following a devastating cloudburst on Friday last.

The Army has now sought the help of Pakistani
authorities to help rescue the 33 personnel of 15 Bihar
infantry regiment as it fears that they may have been swept
away towards Pakistan-occupied Kashmir(PoK) in the deluge, the
officer said.

Though the 33 soldiers, including three junior
commissioned officers, were well-trained to negotiate the
conditions, the Army has not been able to trace them even 48
hours after the incident, the officer said.

"The soldiers are feared to have been swept away
towards PoK and we have sought help from Pakistan to trace
them," the officer said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 10:52

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