GANGTOK: Two persons were killed and one seriously injured in a road accident on at 12th mile, Jawaharlal Nehru Road in East Sikkim while returning from the Nathula border on Wednesday.

The deceased have been identified as 27-year-old Aruna Adhikari from Martam in East Sikkim and 33-year-old Laxmi Lama from Selep Tanki in Gangtok. The driver of the vehicle, 42-year-old Shamir Dewan, sustained critical injuries and is admitted to a hospital.

According to local police, the vehicle bearing registration number WB74-AZ-8476 (Blue Hyundai Venue) fell almost 1,500 feet after skidding off the road, presumably due to snow.

Among the two victims, Aruna Adhikari was a former student leader from Sikkim State University who also worked as a news reader with a local media house. Adhikari and Lama were colleagues at an insurance firm based in Gangtok.

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