Indian Army jawans injured during practice drill

3 Jawans Suffer Injuries While Carrying Out'Slithering Operations During Army Day Rehearsals In This Video

A video doing the rounds on social media, shows soldiers sliding down a rope from the helicopter.

The incident raises questions on the safety measures taken for the execution of such drills.

"Slithering operation ceases for all ALH with immediate effect after the accident".

Three Indian Army jawans were injured during practice drill organized on Tuesday. As the soldiers start to descent, the rope is seen slipping off the helicopter which results in a free fall.

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The Army has more than 100 Dhruv helicopters deployed in all the operational areas including the heights of Jammu & Kashmir and the North-East.

Army sources said the "boom" of the Dhruv Advance Light Helicopter (ALH), from which the slithering operation was being conducted, broke off. The troops stationed near the "drop" zone rushed to the spot and ferried the injured to the hospital, officials said.

Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year in remembrance of Lieutenant General KM Cariappa's taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from the British General Sir Francis Butcher. Meanwhile, an inquiry has been ordered in the case. Since there was a malfunction in the aircraft's boom, "A 2-member investigating team from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has come on Wednesday to probe the matter", said a source in the HAL.

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