It’s a very monumental loss for the country that the Chief of Defence Staff has died in a tragic accident when he was going to deliver a lecture in Defence Services Staff College in Wellington in the area of Coonoor. His IAF chopper was suddenly crashed around 12:20 pm yesterday in the forested area of Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu state. According to the course, the high-tech copter IAF Mi-17V5 was moving towards the Wellington helipad with a total of fourteen passengers on board of which 13 are reportedly died. Varun Singh, who got the Shaurya Chakra on Independence day is alone surviving officer is undergoing treatment at Wellington Military Hospital.
Captain Bipin Rawat was a dedicated and hard-working officer of the Indian defence force. Currently, he was serving the post of CDS. In this tragic incident, his wife Madhulika, who was a member of the Defence Wives Welfare Association was also accompanying him with 12 other CDS staff members. The crash happened at noon at a distance of about 10 km from the expected destination where the chopper was to land.
Today, on December 09, 2021, VR Chaudhary, IAF Chief Marshal visited the crash site of the damaged helicopter and reviewed the area of the accident. India’s Home Minister will also visit the accident area today. Rajnath Singh, the Defence Minister of India will brief about the accident in Parliament today. CDS Bipin Rawat’s home state “Uttrakhand” will observe an official mourn of three days that was started yesterday.
According to AIF official announcement, the remains of the body of General Bipin Rawat will be brought to Delhi through a military aircraft today. The last rites of CDS General Bipin Rawat and his wife will be done at the national capital’s Delhi Cantt today will full official military honour and salutations.