Three soldiers injured in accident during Army Day parade rehearsal

Three Indian army soldiers have been injured after they fell off a helicopter on 9 January during rehearsals for Army Day in New Delhi.

An official from the Indian Army said that all the 3 jawans are safe and further investigation is underway. The Army has suspended slithering operations involving the chopper till a probe is completed, sources said. A video that is going viral on the internet shows three soldiers sliding down the rope attached to the helicopter.

According to reports, the incident took place on January 9 and the soldiers are now undergoing treatment at Army Hospital Research And Referral in New Delhi.

However, the incident has raised the question on the safety of army soldiers.

The incident occurred due to helicopter boom malfunction. All the injured personnel are recovering in hospital, Army said. The slithering operations, which involve troops slipping down a rope usually from a helicopter, is a method used to drop troops in an area of action when a chopper cannot land.

The Indian Army has ordered an inquiry into the matter.

The Indian Army celebrates Army Day in honour of Lieutenant General KM Kariappa who took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher on 15 January 1949. This helicopter is an indigenously developed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

Vanessa Coleman