Army suffers casualties during military exercise in Rajasthan

Written by: OneIndia Defence Bureau

New Delhi, April 24: Three soldiers of Indian Army have lost their lives during the high-profile military exercise in Rajasthan deserts.

Codenamed Exercise Shatrujeet, troops from Indian Army's Strike Corps actively participated in the simulated military missions. Around 35,000 soldiers are said to have participated in this exercise.

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With no official confirmation from the Indian Army's side yet, the deaths have been attributed to excessive heat and other injuries during the exercise.

There are unconfirmed reports that the snake bite might have caused at least one death.
Sources also confirm that some soldiers were injured during they were para-dropped from the helicopters.

Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh had visited the site yesterday. He was briefed on the operational aspects and conduct of the exercise.

The exercise demonstrated the synergy between Army and Indian Air Force in a battle environment.

The frontline Strike Corps of the Indian Army is said to have used the exercise as an ideal opportunity to fine-tune their war fighting skills.

No details are yet available on the exact number of deaths and injuries.

Army had earlier said that an airborne brigade (Parachute Brigade) was dropped in a night mission behind simulated enemy lines.

The official twitter handle of Indian Army @adgpi too is silent on the possible deaths during the exercise.

The Army Commanders' Conference is starting in New Delhi on April 25.

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