Wrapping mortal remains in cardboard an aberration, fallen soldiers always given military honour: Army

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Updated: October 9, 2017 4:19:24 AM

Two days after the chopper crash in Tawang which claimed the lives of seven military personnel, the purported pictures of their bodies wrapped in plastic sacks tied up in cardboard has surfaced on Sunday triggering outrage among people.

   Mi-17 chopper, tawang, HS Panag, mortal remains of army, Arunachal Pradesh chopper crash, chopper crash Mi17 V5 (Source: Indian Air Force official website)

Two days after the chopper crash in Tawang which claimed the lives of seven military personnel, the purported pictures of their bodies wrapped in plastic sacks tied up in cardboard has surfaced on Sunday triggering outrage among people. This prompted the Army to come up with a tweet stating that the wrapping of the body was an ” aberration”. They also mentioned that the fallen soldiers have always been given full military honour, according to PTI. Former Northern Army commander Lt Gen (Retd) HS Panag tweeted saying, ” Seven young men stepped out into the sunshine yesterday to serve their motherland, India. This is how they came home.” Along with the tweet, Gen Panag also posted the images of the bodies.

Reacting to the issue, the Army’s Additional Directorate General of Public Information tweeted that the carriage of the mortal remains in body bags, wooden boxes and coffins will be ensured. “Fallen soldiers (are) always given full military honour. ”Carriage of mortal remains in body bags, wooden boxes, coffins will be ensured,” it said. As per an official, the bodies were photographed when they were in Guwahati. Lt Gen Panag also that military body bags must be used to transport bodies from forward locations until ceremonial coffins were available.

After the photos surfaced, several people on Twitter expressed their anger.Five IAF personnel, including two pilots, and two armymen were killed when the Mi-17 V5 chopper crashed on Friday morning in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

(With Agency Inputs)

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