Two persons died and three were injured when the car they were travelling in met with an accident near Tashi Viewpoint in Gangtok in the early hours of Thursday.
The dead included Mewang Gyatso, 24, son of Pempa T Bhutia, the director general-cum-secretary of Sikkim health department. The other deceased was identified as Michelle Grace Lepcha, 21.
The injured were Chris Pradhan, Sharsod Mimami and Siddharth Basnet, who is the son of Raju Basnet, the secretary of Sikkim’s sports and youth affairs department. “The three have received serious injuries and are being treated at the STNM Hospital in Gangtok,” said a police source.
The source said the cause of the accident was not immediately known. “Preliminary investigation suggests the driver lost control and rammed the vehicle into the retention wall along the road. We have seized the vehicle and are carrying further investigation to ascertain the cause of the accident,” the source added.