Army calls improper handling of IAF personnel’s bodies as ‘aberration’


    New Delhi, Oct 8 : The Army today admitted that carriage of mortal remains of IAF personnel killed in a chopper crash without proper coffin was an aberration, but it happened due to the constraints of the place. It said that this will never happen in future. The Army statement came in the wake of criticism in the social media of the way bodies of the crash victims were handled. One MI-17V5 crashed near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday killing seven people. The accident occurred in high altitude area while the helicopter was undertaking maintenance sortie. ‘Due to constraints of the carriage effort in high altitude area, helicopter cannot carry full load. Mortal remains were wrapped in available local resources instead of improvised body bags or coffins. This was an aberration,’ the Army statement said. Mortal remains arrived at Guwahati Base Hospital by 1400 hrs on October 6 and thereafter post-mortems and other formalities commenced. Immediately after the post-mortem, all the mortal remains were placed in the wooden coffins with full military honours. ‘Armed Forces always ensure full military honour to the fallen comrades,’ the statement said.(UNI)