Defense Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament that the last rites of CDS General Bipin Rawat would be performed with full military honours.
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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that three services would be probed in connection with the Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter crash the previous day, in which the country’s first defense chief Bipin Rawat, his wife died. Madhulika, along with 11 other army personnel. Giving a statement in Parliament this morning, the Union Minister said that a three-member task team led by Air Marshal Manvendra Singh had reached Wellington on Wednesday and started investigation into the matter.
Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha: Indian Air Force has ordered three probes into the military helicopter crash. The probe will be headed by Air Marshal Manvendra Singh. The investigation team reached Wellington yesterday and started investigation.
Notably, Air Marshal Manvendra Singh is an IAF training commander and a helicopter pilot, according to the airman.
Parliament TV images show that the Lok Sabha decided to observe a two-minute silence before the start of its normal operation, in honor of all the 13 Indian Army personnel who lost their lives in a military helicopter crash yesterday.
Elaborating on the current issue, the Defense Minister said that the last rites of CDS General Bipin Rawat would be performed with full military honours. “Final ceremonies for other soldiers will also be held in honor of the army,” the minister said, adding that the bodies of all the dead would be returned to the nation’s capital New Delhi tonight.
An Indian Air Force helicopter Mi-17V5, carrying CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 other army personnel, crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu after losing contact with the Sulur control room at around 12:08 pm on Wednesday. Gaya. 13 of the 14 passengers on board the copter including the pilot died in the accident. The sole survivor, team captain Varun Singh, is currently battling for his life at Wellington Military Hospital. The Union Defense Minister confirmed that every effort is being made to save his life.