3 soldiers fall off chopper during Army Day rehearsal, inquiry ordered

Image used for representational purpose

Image used for representational purpose

Following the incident, display of slithering operations has been cancelled for the Army Day parade on January 15.

Three Indian Army jawans were injured during practice drill organized on Tuesday.

Three paratroopers have been injured while practising slithering operations from a rope hanging from a Dhruv advanced light helicopter (ALH) here.

Though the actual reason behind the incident is not clear yet but as per an Army official, the incident happened due to boom malfunction and not due to the rope that was used for the operation. The incident took place when the jawans descended from a helicopter with a rope which snapped - plummeting the jawans to the ground, as reported by Zee News.

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A video has been making rounds on social media which shows the jawans sliding down on a rope tied to the chopper.

"Slithering operations have been suspended till the cause of accident is known".

Army sources said investigation on how the accident occurred is in process. The incident raises serious concern on the safety measures being carried out while conducting such kind of drills.

The rehearsal was being held for the upcoming Army Day on January 15 that the Indian Army holds in the honour of Lieutenant General KM Kariappa, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, since 1949.

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