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IAF Helicopter crash: CDS General Bipin Rawat’s final rites right now at Brar Square; Army works to establish our bodies of 10 others

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and different officers condoled with the bereaved households at Palam airport after the our bodies of the 13 had been flown from Sulur close to Coimbatore on Thursday

Daughters of India’s Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, who was killed with others a day earlier in a helicopter crash, pay their respects in entrance of his coffin throughout a tribute ceremony at Palam Air Force station in New Delhi. AFP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying tributes to India’s first Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his spouse Madhulika, Brigadier LS Lidder and 10 extra defence personnel on the Palam air base after their our bodies had been dropped at Delhi in a navy plane.

The 13 our bodies had been flown again to Delhi’s Palam airport from Sulur close to Coimbatore on a C130-J Super Hercules plane.

Prime Minister Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had been at Delhi’s Palam Air Force base to pay their last respects to Gen Bipin Rawat, his spouse, and those that died within the crash.

Also current had been the Chiefs of Staff of the Air Force, Navy and Army.

In a Twitter publish later, Prime Minister Modi mentioned he had paid his respects to the departed: “India will never forget their rich contribution.”

Although the Indian Air Force (IAF) has confirmed the deaths of 13 folks within the helicopter crash on Wednesday afternoon, solely three our bodies have been recognized to date — these of Gen Rawat, his spouse Madhulika Rawat, and Brigadier Lidder.

Army officers have mentioned the our bodies of these recognized might be launched to the households for final rites.

The Army mentioned “positive identification of only three mortal remains has been possible as of now… and their mortal remains will be released to the next of kin, for final religious rites as desired by respective families”.

The course of for the “positive identification of remaining mortal remains is continuing” and they are going to be “kept at the Mortuary of Army Base Hospital till completion of positive identification formalities”.

IAF Helicopter crash CDS General Bipin Rawats last rites today at Brar Square Army works to identify bodies of 10 others

Prime Minister Narendra Modi consoles daughters of Chief of Defence Staff of the Indian Armed forces Bipin Rawat throughout a homage ceremony to the victims of the helicopter crash at Palam airport. AP

As per info obtainable, Brigadier Lidder’s funeral has been scheduled for 9 am.

Meanwhile, the our bodies of Gen Rawat and his spouse might be stored at their Delhi dwelling for household, pals, and the general public to pay their last respects from 11 am to 12.30 pm for most of the people to pay their last respects.

News company PTI reported that from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, navy personnel will be capable of pay respects to the overall and his spouse.

The last journey of General Rawat from his residence to the Brar Square crematorium is scheduled to start round 2 pm and his funeral is scheduled for four pm, in line with the information company.

Earlier on Thursday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made an announcement in Parliament {that a} tri-service inquiry has begun into the helicopter crash that killed Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and 12 others.

Making a press release within the Lok Sabha, Rajnath Singh mentioned that the inquiry, which has been set as much as verify the reason for the accident of the IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, might be headed Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Training Command Air Marshal Manavendra Singh.

Both homes of Parliament noticed two minutes’ silence for Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and 12 others who died within the crash in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.

IAF Helicopter crash CDS General Bipin Rawats last rites today at Brar Square Army works to identify bodies of 10 others

Relatives of Brigadier Lakhbinder Singh Lidder, who misplaced his life together with others in a helicopter crash a day earlier, mourn throughout a tribute ceremony at Palam Air Force station. AFP

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in Parliament, additionally mentioned that IAF Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the navy helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu, is on life assist.

Undergoing therapy at Military Hospital at Wellington, he was shifted to a navy hospital in Bengaluru afterward Thursday.

Tributes proceed to pour in from the world over

Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Wangchuck on Thursday provided prayers for CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, his spouse Madhulka and 11 others killed within the IAF chopper crash in Tamil Nadu.

Officials mentioned Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the King’s father additionally provided prayers for these killed within the crash on Wednesday.

“The King and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo have sent messages of condolence for the bereaved families, and the government and people of India,” mentioned an official.

Gen Rawat visited Bhutan a number of instances throughout his profession and had a really cordial relationship with the highest management of the nation.

US secretary of state Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin too mourned the demise of India’s first Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu.

“My deep condolences on the deaths of Indian Chief of Defence Staff General Rawat, his wife and colleagues who perished in the tragic accident,” Blinken mentioned.

“We’ll keep in mind Gen Rawat as an distinctive chief who served his nation and contributed to the US-India defence relationship, he mentioned.

Defence Secretary Austin mentioned: “General Rawat left an indelible mark on the course of the US-India defence partnership and was at the center of the Indian Armed Forces’ transformation into a more jointly integrated warfighting organisation.”

Austin mentioned that he had the privilege of assembly with him earlier this 12 months and considered him as a valued accomplice and buddy of the United States.

Tibetan non secular chief the Dalai Lama additionally mourned the demise of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and others.

“I pray for the General and his companions and supply my heartfelt condolences to the members of the households of all those that perished on this unlucky accident.

“I salute General Rawat’s long-standing contribution in the service of the nation,” the non secular chief mentioned in a press release.

With inputs from companies

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