Sikkim Valley accident: The bodies of 16 soldiers killed in Bagdogra will be laid to rest this evening.
The Indian Army has announced that the 16 soldiers who lost their lives in the Jama accident in North Sikkim will be honored this evening.
On December 23, sixteen soldiers were killed in a road accident at Jama in North Sikkim, the Indian Army said. According to the official report, three of the sixteen were Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs). Their vehicle was negotiating a sudden turn when it stumbled and crashed.
The truck was part of a three-vehicle convoy that had gone from Sutton to Tangu in the morning.
On Saturday from 12.30 pm to 2 pm floral tributes will be placed on the bodies of the martyred soldiers at the Bagdogra airport technical area.
It said the ill-fated army truck was part of a three-vehicle convoy traveling from Chattan to Thane.
The vehicle skidded down a steep slope while negotiating a sharp turn, killing 16 army personnel, including three junior commissioned officers, the statement said.
A rescue operation was immediately initiated and four injured soldiers were evacuated from the aircraft.
Naib Subedar Chandan Kumar Misra and Naib Subedar Omkar Singh of 285 Medical Brigade, L/Havildar Gopinath Makur, Sepoy Sukha Ram, Havildar Saran Singh and Naik Ravinder Singh Thapa of 26 Mechanized Infantry were the soldiers who died, the army said.
Naik Vaisakh S and Naik Pramod Singh of 221 Field Regiment lost their lives, L/Naik Bhupendra Singh, Naik Shyam Singh Yadav, Naik Lokesh Kumar and Grenadier Vikas Kumar of 25 Grenadiers lost their lives. .
Subedar Khuman Singh and L/Havilter Arvind Singh of 8 Rajasthan Rifles, L/Naik Sombir Singh of 113 Engineer Regiment and L/Naik Manoj Kumar of 1871 Field Regiment were among the soldiers killed in the accident, the army said.