By : Our Roving Editor
Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh ) : The seven martyred soldiers who died in a chopper crash near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday last were reportedely carried from the crash site wrapped in plastic sacks and tied up in cardboard if the images taken are to be believed .
Seven brave soilders ( 5 Airforce personnel and two Armymen) were onboard the helicopter which was supposed to drop jerry cans full of kerosine to a forward army base near the India China border but crashed before it could land .
Former Northern Army Commander Lt Gen (retd) H.S. Panag in a tweet expressed anguish questioning if this was the way to bring back brave soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the motherland . Similar sentiments were echoed by some veterans from the Armed Forces.
The Army has asserted that fallen soilders are always " given full military honours" and clarified that the "mortal remains were wrapped in available local resources instead of improvised body bags or coffins and admitted that it was an aberration" .
A statement issued by the army said that the photographs were taken when the bodies were being taken to Guwahati for post-mortem at the base hospital. It said immediately after the formalities were over the mortal remains were placed in in wooden coffins with full military honours.
Meanwhile , a court of enquiry has been ordered to assertain the reasons behind the crash