Un-ceremonial : Anguish over images of soldiers’ bodies in plastic sacks

New Delhi : Images showing bodies of  military personnel killed in Tawang helicopter crash appeared wrapped in plastic sacks, triggered disgust from both public and fraternity on social media, with most condemning the ‘dishonour’.

“Seven young men stepped out into the sunshine yesterday to serve their motherland, India. This is how they came home” tweeted former Northern Army commander Lt Gen (Retd) HS Panag alongside images of the bodies.

The Army responded quickly in a statement admitted  that the wrap with local resources was an ‘aberration’ and assured that the fallen soldiers would be given full military honours.

Carriage of mortal remains in body-bags, wooden boxes and coffins will be ensured, it added.

The army said owing helicopters cannot carry full load adding hat  “Mortal remains were wrapped in available local resources instead of improvised body bags or coffins. This was an aberration,”

After post-mortem at hospital in Guwahati base, the bodies were placed in wooden coffins with full military honours.

Pnag said, proper military body bags must be used to transport bodies from forward locations until ceremonial coffins were available.

Five IAF personnel, including two pilots and two armymen died on Friday morning in Arunachal’s Tawang district that borders China, when the Mi-17 V5 chopper carrying the men crashed.

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