In a tragic incident in North Sikkim on Friday, 16 Indian Army jawans were martyred as an army truck carrying the jawans fell off a cliff into a deep gorge killing 16 jawans in it with three among the deceased jawans were Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO). The incident took place at Jema hills which a remote area about 15 kilometers from Lachen, a town in Sikkim.
The truck that fell into the gorge is reported to be part of a three vehicle convoy that was coming from Chatten and was heading towards Thangu. The incident happened as it was trying to negotiate a sharp turn. A rescue operation was launched immediately and four of the injured soldiers were airlifted.