Sixteen Army jawans died four others have sustined injury when their vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in North Sikkim on Friday.
According to information, the mishap took place at at 8 in the morning at Zema 3, about 15 kms away from Lachen.
The Army vehicle was heading towards the border posts with 20 occupants. The vehicle seemed to have veered off the road while negotiating a curve in the Zema 3 area and crashed hundreds of feet down.
All the 16 bodies have been recovered from the crash site. The condition of the four critically injured Army personnel remains unknown.
The bodies are being taken to State-run STNM Hospital in Gangtok for post-mortem and later will be handed over to the Army. The regiment of the victims is yet to be ascertained.
The Army vehicle had been picking up the Army personnel on the way as it was heading towards its destination.