GANGTOK, November 7: One army jawan was killed and seven others of the Rajputana Regiment were injured in various degrees today afternoon when their vehicle slipped down the road at 9th Mile along Jawarhal Nehru Marg connecting Gangtok with Nathu La border.
The mishap took place at around 3:30 pm but the reasons for the accident are not known yet.
Police sources said that the army vehicle was coming from Nathu La to Gangtok and all the eight jawans were injured in the accident.
Among the injured jawans, three are taken for treatment at STNM hospital. They are Ugan Singh, Sudhir and Prem Singh. The other five were rushed to the army hospital at Libing army cantonment here and their names have not been yet disclosed.
STNM director Dr IL Sharma said that the condition of one jawan at STNM hospital was serious while the conditions of the other two are also weak.
Later it was informed that Sudhir succumbed to his injuries at the STNM hospital while the other two were also taken to the army hospital at Libing. The deceased was from Uttar Pradesh, it is informed.
After the accident took place, Sherathang police led by the in-charge officer rushed in for rescue and relief operation. The army jawans and locals of 15th Mile and 3rd Mile also came forward in the rescue operation.
The injured were sent to Gangtok for treatment in the tourist and army vehicles.