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Night-blind army tank falls into ditch, 2 troopers dead

May 02, 2012 20:31 IST

Two army personnel were killed when a tank tumbled into a 20-ft-deep water-logged ditch during a military exercise near Phagwara in Punjab, police said on Wednesday.

The incident took place near Nasirabad and Malikpur villages, 15 km from Phagwara, on Tuesday night.

Subedar R Anandan and havildar Mohammed Sayem of 46th Armed Unit Jammu died on the spot in the incident, Panshat police incharge Ashok Kumar said.

However, the tank's driver, Brijesh Kumar, jumped to safety through the vehicle's emergency window.

The bodies were sent to the local civil hospital for postmortem before being handed over to the Army, Kumar said.

While Anandan hailed from Tamil Nadu, Sayem was from Uttar Pradesh, he said, adding the bodies would be sent to the respective states for cremation.

A case has been registered in connection with the incident.

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