PM Modi, Rajnath Singh To Pay Tributes To CDS Gen Rawat, Others At Palam

The bodies of 13 people including CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife, and 11 defence persons who were killed in a helicopter crash, are en-routed to New Delhi.

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made a statement in the Lok Sabha in regards to the IAF helicopter crash in which Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and 12 others died.

Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the ill-fated Mi-17V5 helicopter crash, is said to be in critical condition. Singh, the recipient of the Shaurya Chakra gallantry award, is being shifted to Bengaluru for further treatment. The IAF officer was admitted to the Military Hospital in Tamil Nadu’s Wellington on Wednesday.

The mortal remains of Gen Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, his wife Madhulika Rawat, are expected to arrive in the national capital on Thursday evening and their cremation will take place on December 10 in Delhi Cantonment. CDS Bipin Rawat, his wife and Brigadier LS Lidder, Lt Col Harjinder Singh, Wing Commander PS Chauhan, Squadron Leader K Singh, JWO Das, JWO Pradeep A, Havildar Satpal, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitender Kumar, Lance Naik Vivek Kumar and Lance Naik Sai Teja were killed when the Indian Air Force (IAF) Mi-17V5 helicopter they were travelling in crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on December 8.

A day after tragic accident, IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari today reached the chopper crash site near Coonoor in Nilgiris district of Tamil.


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