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General Bipin Rawat's mortal remains to be brought to Delhi tomorrow

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 08 Dec 2021, 08:59 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: The mortal remains of India's Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu, will be brought to the national capital on Thursday, media reports said.

Rawat along with his wife and 11 others, including his staff and crew members, have died in the Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu's Coonoor, country's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh officially declared on Wednesday evening.

Fourteen people - five crew and nine passengers - were on board the Mi-17V5 helicopter that went down in Tamil Nadu's Nilgiri Hills.

"With deep regret, it has now been ascertained Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat, and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident," the Air Force said.

The chopper took off at 11.47 am from Sulur and was heading to Wellington when it crashed at 12.20 am about 5-10 km and five minutes from the landing site.

Gen Rawat was scheduled to address an event at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington when the crash took place.

The only survivor - Group Captain Varun Singh - is being treated for severe injuries.

"Group Captain Varun Singh SC, Directing Staff at DSSC, with injuries is currently under treatment at Military Hospital, Wellington," the Air Force confirmed.

Rajnath Singh earlier briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi Modi. The Parliament will be briefed on Thursday.

Since the news of his demise broke, tributes have poured in from President Ram Nath Singh, PM Modi,  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar among others.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and the NCP's Sharad Pawar also tweeted condolences.