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16 Soldiers killed as army truck falls into gorge in Sikkim

The bodies of all 16 army personnel have been recovered from the accident site. Thatal, who was at the spot along with a police team from Lachen, said the condition of the four seriously injured jawans remained unknown.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Sikkim: In Sikkim, 16 army personnel have died after the bus fell into a ditch. According to the information, this incident took place at Jema, about 15 km from Lachen, at around 8 am. In fact, on Friday morning, an army vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a ditch in North Sikkim near the Indo-China border. 16 army soldiers were martyred in this accident. At the same time, 4 soldiers were injured.

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According to a senior police officer, the injured have been airlifted to a military hospital in North Bengal. The accident took place around 8 am at Zema, about 15 km from Lachen, which is about 130 km from state capital Gangtok.

Expressing grief over this tragedy, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has paid tribute to the martyred soldiers. He tweeted, ‘Deeply saddened by the martyrdom of Indian Army soldiers due to a road accident in North Sikkim. The nation is deeply grateful to him for his service and commitment. My condolences to the bereaved families. Those who have been injured pray for their speedy recovery.

The army bus was shattered after falling into the ditch. This bus was part of a convoy of three buses that left for Thangu from Chatten. The bus plunged into a gorge while taking a sharp turn on a sloping road at Jemaa. Those who were martyred in this accident include 3 Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO) and 13 jawans.

The bodies of all the 16 army personnel have been recovered from the accident site. Thatal, who was at the spot along with a police team from Lachen, said the condition of the four seriously injured jawans remained unknown. The bodies have been taken to the Government STNM Hospital in Gangtok for post-mortem, after which it will be handed over to the Army. He said that the regiment of the victims is yet to be traced.

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