The Army has rescued ten civilians who were caught in heavy snowfall in Khardung La area of Ladakh region, a defence spokesman said on Friday.
The spokesman said the Siachen Brigade launched a rescue operation as soon as heavy snowfall disrupted traffic along the route from North Pullu – Khardung La Top – South Pullu, leading to civilian vehicles getting stranded near Khardung La Top and North Pullu on Wednesday.
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”At a distance of five Kilometres from North Pullu towards Khardung La Top, three vehicles were stranded between snow slides and one vehicle had overturned. Indian Army detachments from North Pullu along with the Avalanche Rescue Teams cleared the snow slide and rescued eight civilians from the site,” the spokesman said.
He said after checking the health parameters of the rescued people at North Pullu, a few civilians who were from nearby Khardung Village were dropped off to their respective houses and the remainder were accommodated at Khalsar.
”At Khardung La Top, a total of 10 civilians were rescued. They were provided immediate first aid and medical screening was carried out to check their vitals,” he added.
The spokesman said one Scorpio, one Civil Gypsy and a mini bus were also retrieved.
Truck catches fire on Srinagar-Kargil highway
A truck was partially damaged in a mysterious fire incident in Menamarg area of Drass on Tuesday.
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The truck on way to Ladakh suddenly caught fire near Menamarg area of Drass along the Srinagar-Kargil highway, resulting in damage to it.
India Gripped By Covid, China Quietly Hardens Positions In Depth Areas Of Ladakh
As India struggles with the corona pandemic, it has come to light that China has quietly hardened its positions in eastern Ladakh. As per the sources, the Chinese Army has reinforced its troops in the depth areas of eastern Ladakh with permanent accommodation and depots.
The information came out after the human intelligence army got a satellite image and after analyzing the image they concluded that the 10,000 permanent troops have been reinforced with 10,000 temporary troops.
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As per the satellite images, the deployment during the winters was very less but the permanent accommodation built on North of Aksai Chin and Rudo in Tibet’s Ladakh frontier has made an alarming situation.
The news came out on the day when Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of sympathy to Indian PM Narendra Modi over the Covid-19 deaths in the country. In his message, the Chinese President wrote “The Chinese side stands ready to strengthen cooperation with the Indian side in fighting the pandemic and provide support and help in this regard. I believe that under the leadership of the Indian Government, the Indian people will surely prevail over the pandemic.”
Ladakh bound passengers stuck at Sonamarg, blame failed Administration
Hundreds of vehicles and passengers travelling towards Ladakh are stuck at Sonamarg area of Kashmir as they travel to their respective houses due to the current covid-19 situations in the Country. While their wait continues, the travellers accused Police officers of ruthless behaviour towards them.
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“I’m waiting at the same place since 2 days. Many ill senior citizens are with us who are struggling. There are no ATMs, no banks and we are cashless. When the youngsters step out if the vehicles, the Police tries to physically harass them. What should we do here?” said a woman traveller
As per the passengers, more than 20 people sat together in a restaurant at a time. “What social distancing do you expect at a clustered place? Police tells to sit inside the vehicles due to the curfew. How are we supposed to follow it in a car?” they said
The travellers blamed the ‘failed Administration’ for their miserable conditions. According to them, people with sources were allowed to travel while the others were left unnoticed.
“No basic facilities are provided us, not even accommodation. We are sleeping in the vehicles. A notice about our travel towards Ladakh was issued for today which isn’t being followed. This is due to a failed Administration. People with contacts in the Department have left for their home while we are struggling to step out.” the passengers said
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