Three Army jawans were burnt alive and five got seriously injured in an accident on Thursday when the Army Gypsy in which they were travelling overturned and caught fire. The deceased include a Subedar and two other jawans.
According to the superintendent of police, Ganganagar, Rajendra Singh, the accident happened at village Rajiasar near Suratgarh police station in the border district of Ganganagar in Rajasthan. He said the accident happened late in the night at around 1 am on Thursday as the army jeep was going for a night recce as part of the Army exercise.
Villagers came for rescue
It is learnt that after the Gypsy overturned, it caught fire and it is likely that the arsenal being carried in the jeep for military exercise caught fire leading to a massive explosion. The villagers rushed to the spot after hearing the noise caused by the explosion and tried to douse the flames.
They helped the injured and informed the Army officers in Suratgarh, who rushed to the spot and shifted the injured to the military hospital. Army’s public relations officer, Lt Col Amitabh Sharma said that the jawans were on a routine exercise and the jawans belonged to the Army 47AD unit based at Bhatinda.
Army yet to reveal names
The names of the deceased and the injured were not disclosed by the Army authorities. However, the family of the dead and the injured were informed about the tragedy. The army has ordered a court of inquiry into the accident.
Former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condoled the deaths of three jawans and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.
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