Four Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel were crushed to death when their vehicle was hit by a huge boulder, loosened by monsoon rains, on the Basar-Akajan road in Lower Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday.
A FirstPost report stated that the incident occurred at around 2:30 pm about 5 km from Likabali, the district headquarters of Lower Siang. The ITBP personnel were on way to Likabali from Basar in West Siang district.
The boulder rolled down the mountain slope and smashed the mini bus carrying 20 ITBP personnel. Four of the personnel died on the spot.
The report quoted Lower Siang Superintendent of Police (SP) Singjatla Singpho as saying, “So far, three bodies have been retrieved by a joint rescue team of the ITBP and the State police, who are being assisted by the local police.”
This is the second landslide-related incident in the State within five days and the toll due to landslips this monsoon has risen to nine.
Singpho also informed that the vehicle had to slow down as the road is in a dilapidated condition following which the boulder hit the vehicle.
The police chief also said that eight other personnel have been injured, and two of them are in serious condition. The serious personnel have been shifted to the Army hospital at Likabali, while the jawans suffering minor injuries were treated at the local community health centre.
The report further quoted Singpho as saying, “A rescue operation is difficult in the area due to stones rolling down from the mountain.” He added that the identity of the dead ITBP personnel was yet to be confirmed.
On June 24 last, five labourers were buried alive when a retaining wall of an under-construction RCC building collapsed on a labour barrack at Donyi Colony in Itanagar.