Sixteen soldiers of the Indian Army lost their lives in a road accident in the northern part of Sikkim on Friday.
An Army truck carrying soldiers skidded off the road in a mountainous area at an altitude of more than 10,000 ft.
“Enroute at Zema, the vehicle skidded down a steep slope while negotiating a sharp turn. A rescue mission was immediately launched, and four injured soldiers have been air evacuated,” the Army said.
“Deeply pained by the loss of lives of the Indian Army personnel due to a road accident in North Sikkim. The nation is deeply grateful for their service and commitment. My condolences to the bereaved families. Praying for the speedy recovery of those who are injured,” tweeted Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
President of India, prime minister, Union ministers, state chief ministers and opposition leaders on Friday expressed grief over the demise of 16 army personnel.
“Anguished to learn about the loss of lives of brave soldiers of Indian Army in a road accident in Sikkim. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” said Droupadi Murmu, President of India.
“Pained by the loss of lives of our brave army personnel due to a road mishap in Sikkim. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon,” said PM Modi.
Those killed are:
Nb Sub Chandan K Mishra Khagaria (Bihar)
Nb Sub Omkar Singh Pathankot (Punjab)
L/Hav Gopinath Makur Bankura (WB)
Sepoy Sukha Ram Jodhpur (R’sthan)
Hav Charan Singh Lucknow (UP)
Nk Ravinder Singh Thapa Pantnaga (UP)
Nk Vaisakh S Palakkad (Kerala)
Nk Pramod Singh Ara (Bihar)
L/Nk Bhupendra Singh Eta (UP)
Nk Shyam Singh Yadav Unnao (UP)
Nk Lokesh Kumar Muzaffarnagar (UP)
GDR Vikas Kumar Fatehabad (Haryana)
Sub Guman Singh Jaisalmer (R’sthan)
L/Hav Arvind Kumar Bhiwani (Haryana)
L/Nk Somvir Singh Hisar (Haryana)
L/Nk Manoj Kumar Jhunjhunu (R’sthan)