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PM Modi, Rajnath, 3 Service Chiefs Pay Tribute to CDS, Wife & 11 Others

Bodies of only CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier LS Lidder and Lance Naik Vivek Kumar have been identified so far.

News18.com | December 09, 2021, 22:50 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the Palam airport here on Thursday and paid his homage to Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 other armed forces personnel who lost their lives in the military chopper crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. At 7:46 pm, the mortal remains of the crash victims were brought to the Palam airport from the Sulur air base near Coimbatore. Indian Air Force chief Air Read More

Dec 09, 2021 21:53 IST

PM Pays Tribute to Gen Bipin Rawat, His Wife, 11 Others

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the country’s top military brass on Thursday paid homage to India’s first Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika, Brig LS Lidder and 10 more defence personnel at the Palam air base after their bodies were brought to Delhi in a military aircraft. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, NSA Ajit Doval, Army Chief MM Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar, Air Chief Marshal AVR Chaudhari, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar were among those who paid homage to the deceased at a sombre ceremony.

Dec 09, 2021 21:27 IST

WATCH | PM Narendra Modi Pays Tribute to CDS Rawat, His Wife and Other 11 Personnel

Dec 09, 2021 21:14 IST

3 Service Chiefs Pay Last Respects to CDS Rawat and Others

The 3 service chiefs- Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar and IAF chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari pay last respects to CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and others.

Dec 09, 2021 21:05 IST

PM Modi Pays Respect to Bipin Rawat and Others at Palam Airport

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays last respects to CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and other 11 Armed Forces personnel who lost their lives in the Tamil Nadu Chopper Crash yesterday.

Dec 09, 2021 21:00 IST

PM Modi Pays Respect to CDS General Rawat, Others at Palam Airport

PM Modi arrives at Palam airport to pay respects to CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and other 11 Armed Forces personnel who lost their lives in the Tamil Nadu chopper crash yesterday.

PM Modi Pays Respect to CDS General Rawat, Others at Palam Airport

Dec 09, 2021 20:58 IST

PM Modi Pays Respects

PM Modi arrives at Palam airport to pay respect to CDS General Bipin Rawat and others killed in chopper crash.

Dec 09, 2021 20:46 IST

Rajnath Singh Meets Families of CDS Bipin Rawat and Others

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets families of CDS General Bipin Rawat and other Armed Forces personnel who lost their lives in Tamil Nadu chopper crash yesterday, at Palam airbase.

Rajnath Singh Meets Families of CDS Bipin Rawat and Others

Dec 09, 2021 20:44 IST

Bodies of Gen Rawat, Wife and 2 Others Identified So Far

Bodies of CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier LS Lidder and Lance Naik Vivek Kumar have been identified so far, a report in ANI said.

Dec 09, 2021 20:38 IST

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Arrives at Palam Airport

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has arrived at Palam airport to pay tributes to the families of Gen Bipin Rawat and 12 others who lost their lives in helicopter crash.

Dec 09, 2021 20:34 IST

NSA Ajit Doval Meets and Condoles Families of Bereaved

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at Palam airbase, where mortal remains of CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madulika Rawat and 11 others who lost their lives in military chopper crash yesterday, have been placed.

NSA Ajit Doval Meets and Condoles Families of Bereaved

Dec 09, 2021 20:26 IST

Families Pay Tribute to CDS General Bipin Rawat and Others

WATCH | Families pay tribute to CDS General Bipin Rawat and other Bravehearts at Palam Air Base, Delhi.

Dec 09, 2021 20:20 IST

Mortal Remains of CDS Bipin Rawat, Madulika Rawat and 11 Others Placed at Palam Airbase

Dec 09, 2021 20:15 IST

PM Modi, President & Others to Pay Tribute to Gen Bipin Rawat. Check Schedule

Here is the schedule of the last journey of CDS General Bipin Rawat:

-Defence Secretary to pay tributes at 8.30pm -Chief of Air Staff to pay tributes at 8.33pm -Chief of Navy Staff to pay tributes at 8.36pm -Chief of Army Staff to pay tributes at 8.39pm -National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to pay tributes at 8.45pm -Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to pay tributes at 8.50pm -PM Modi to pay tributes at 9.05pm -President Ram Nath Kovind to pay tributes at 9.15pm

Dec 09, 2021 20:11 IST

Mortal Remains of Lance Naik Vivek Kumar Being Kept at Palam Airbase

The mortal remains of Lance Naik Vivek Kumar being kept at Palam airbase.

Mortal Remains of Lance Naik Vivek Kumar Being Kept at Palam Airbase

Dec 09, 2021 20:10 IST

Mortal Remains of Madhulika Rawat Being Kept at Palam Airbase

The mortal remains of Madhulika Rawat, president of the Army Wives Welfare Association and wife of late CDS General Bipin Rawat, being kept at Palam airbase.

Dec 09, 2021 19:59 IST

Aircraft Carrying Mortal Remains of Rawat, 12 Others Lands at Palam Airport

C-17 Herculeses’ aircraft carrying mortal remains of CDS General Bipin Rawat, his Wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others have landed at Palam Technical Airport in Delhi.

Dec 09, 2021 19:57 IST

Oppn Suspends Dharna for Day, Condemns Govt for Not Allowing Them to Pay Tribute

Opposition parties on Thursday suspended for a day their dharna at Mahatma Gandhi statue inside Parliament complex against the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs in view of the death of Chief of Defence staff Gen Bipin Rawat and 12 others in a chopper crash. Leaders of the parties, however, condemned the government for not allowing them to pay tribute to the top-most defence officer in the country inside Parliament after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh briefed both the Houses about the Wednesday incident. The Trinamool Congress also staged a walkout in the Rajya Sabha in protest as its MPs were not allowed to speak and pay tribute to Gen Rawat in the House.

Dec 09, 2021 19:32 IST

Final Journey of Gen Bipin Rawat Scheduled for Tomorrow

The mortal remains of General Bipin Rawat is being laid in state for all to pay their last respects at his residence (No 3 Kamaraj Marg) on Friday, sources said. The final journey of General Bipin Rawat from his residence to the Brar Square Crematorium is scheduled to start from his residence at about 2pm.

Dec 09, 2021 19:29 IST

Last Rites of LS Lidder at Delhi Cantt Tomorrow

Last rites of Brig LS Lidder are planned at the Brar Square Crematorium, Delhi Cantt at 9am on Friday.

Dec 09, 2021 19:20 IST

Gen Naravane, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria Frontrunners for CDS

As the nation mourns the sudden demise of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat in a military helicopter crash, the question of who will fill Rawat’s big boots is on everyone’s minds. Top sources had told News18 that the post will be filled in the next seven to ten days and the frontrunners for the same are Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Manoj Mukund Naravane and former IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria (Retd). As per the rules, any Commanding officers or flag officers of the armed forces are eligible for the position.

Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari brought the mortal remains of all the deceased.

The military aircraft carrying the mortal remains of CDS General Bipin Rawat and twelve others has left Sulur Air Force Base and will be reaching Delhi at 7:30pm. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be present at the Palam airport. The families of the deceased personnel have also arrived in Delhi, army sources said. Meanwhile another aircraft carrying Group Captain Varun Singh is headed for Bangaluru.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today informed Parliament about the demise of Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 other defence officials in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu. Addressing the Lok Sabha, Singh said the CDS was on a scheduled visit to Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, to interact with the student Officers. “The Air Force Mi 17 V 5 helicopter took off from Sulur Air Base at 11:48 AM yesterday and was expected to land at Wellington by 12:15 PM. Air Traffic Control at Sulur Air Base lost contact with the helicopter at approximately 12:08 PM. Subsequently, few locals spotted a fire in the forest near Coonoor and rushed to the spot where they observed the wreckage of military helicopter engulfed in flames. Rescue teams from the local administration in the vicinity reached the site and attempted to recover the survivors from the crash site,” he added.

Singh said the dead include the spouse of the CDS, Mrs Madhulika Rawat, his Defence Adviser Brig Lakhbinder Singh Lidder, Staff Officer Lt Col Harjinder Singh and nine other Armed Forces personnel including the Air Force helicopter crew. Their names are Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan, Squadron Leader Kuldeep Singh, Junior Warrant Officer Rana Pratap Das, Junior Warrant Officer Arakkal Pradeep, Havildar Satpal Rai, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitendra Kumar, Lance Naik Vivek Kumar, Lance Naik B Sai Teja. On the sole survivor of the crash, Group Captain Varun Singh, the minister said he is on life support in the Military Hospital at Wellington and all efforts are being made to save his life.

The mortal remains of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat and his wife, Madhulika Rawat are expected to arrive in Delhi on a military plane by Thursday evening.

Over the sudden demise of India’s chief of defence staff, the Uttarakhand government has declared a three-day state mourning from December 9. Meanwhile, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has appealed to the party workers to not celebrate her birthday on Thursday and leaders from across the globe-. The United States, Russia, China and Pakistan expressed their condolences over the demise of Gen Rawat.

The plane crashed 10 minutes before, which was on its way to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington to attend a programme. The Chief of Defence Staff had left the Palam airbase in an IAF Embraer aircraft at 8:47 am and landed at Sulur airbase at 11:34 am. He took off from Sulur in a Mi-17V5 chopper at around 1148 am for Wellington, PTI reported. The chopper crashed around 12.22 pm. Rawat had survived a helicopter crash six years ago, in 2015, when he was a Lt General.

The IAF has also ordered a probe into the crash as there is no information on what led to the crash. The Mi17V5 helicopter is an advanced military transport chopper with the Indian Air Force since 2012. Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan was the pilot of the chopper.

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