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A somber reminder of the inherent dangers faced by Indian soldiers emerged in Eastern Ladakh, where a T-72 tank remains stuck in the strong currents of the Shyok River near Saser Brangsa. This incident underscores the constant risks associated with river crossings undertaken by troops using tanks and BMPs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) across numerous rivers and streams in the region.

Five Indian Army soldiers lost their lives in June 2024 when their T-72 tank met with an accident during a river-crossing exercise near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Leh district. This heartbreaking incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential consequences of such maneuvers.

On June 28th, during a routine pre-dawn exercise near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Leh’s Daulat Beg Oldi area, a T-72 tank encountered a sudden rise in water levels while crossing the Bodhi River. The surge swept away the tank and its crew, resulting in the heartbreaking loss of all five soldiers.