It is so sad. A very unfortunate incident cost lives in the most devastating manner. The way the accident happened, it is very possible that few of the 11 bereaved families may not even have the consolation of seeing the intact bodies of their beloved ones to grief over. I grieve for the victims, their families and the loss to Royal Bhutan Army and to the Nation.
Such horrible incident would naturally lead to official investigation. I hope the purpose would be to prevent future mishaps rather than to seek out who to blame and how to punish. The soldiers and the RBA Institution have suffered deeply and so everyone needs to be more understanding. Please refrain from official reactions that inadvertently extend further the national sorrow and tragedy already inflicted upon the Kingdom and the people. In military works what seems to be ‘unnecessary’ loss of life have happened before and unfortunately will take place in future in every Army not just that of Bhutan. So when something as tragic as this happens, our grief will be deep but our reaction must be tampered. Let us pray for recovery of those injured and assemble on 7th September at Thimphu crematorium to pay respect to the brave soldiers and for those who can financially afford to also condole the bereaved families in the most proper traditional ways.
It is always a huge consolation to all Bhutanese when our King and the Commander-in-Chief of Defense Forces instantly takes charge in person at such critical times. Thank You, Your Majesty and I am so sorry for the personal hurt to Your Majesty. Regardless of how the accident happened, as a Buddhist, I take it as a national ‘Barkem’ and so with the ultimate sacrifice made by our brave soldiers; I hope a more grievous danger to the nation has been averted. It is my hope that the nation and the RBA high command will undertake to perform appropriate Rimdos with the help of the Dratsang. May the souls of the soldiers rest in peace.