2 policemen killed, 17 injured

Two policemen died on the spot and 17 others injured in an accident this afternoon in the capital. The incident took place when the DCM truck they were travelling veered-off the road. They were on their way to battle a forest fire raging above Yangchenphug.

More than 20 policemen were in the RBP DCM truck when the incident took place. The DCM went-off the rough road while trying to reverse at a turning.

The doctor on duty told BBS that two policemen are in critical condition and others as of now are reported to be in stable condition.

According to a source, the cause of the incident could have been due to a brake failure. Meanwhile, BBS tried to confirm with RSTA but none of the officials were available for the confirmation. The case is under investigation.

Meanwhile, there are also rumours that the forest fire this afternoon could have been caused by three couples who threw the cigarette butt.

Forestry officials, De-suups, armed force personnel and local people are still battling the fire. The fire started at around 1:20 this afternoon. Forestry officials are yet to establish the extent of damage caused.

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