On December 8, 13 people including the former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat, were killed in a helicopter crash. While Group Captain Varun Singh survived. He was being treated at a military hospital in India, where he was declared dead earlier today.
Indian Air Force (IAF) Group Captain Varun Singh hails from Rudrapur Tehsil in Deoria District of Uttar Pradesh. His father Krishna Pratap is a retired Colonel in the Indian Army. His younger brother is also a lieutenant commander in the navy. One of his uncles, Akhilesh Pratap Singh, is a former Congress MLA.
The news of his passing was confirmed by the Media Co-ordination Centre of the Indian Air Force on Twitter. The statement read, “IAF is deeply saddened to inform the passing away of braveheart Group Captain Varun Singh, who succumbed this morning to the injuries”.
IAF is deeply saddened to inform the passing away of braveheart Group Captain Varun Singh, who succumbed this morning to the injuries sustained in the helicopter accident on 08 Dec 21. IAF offers sincere condolences and stands firmly with the bereaved family.— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 15, 2021
The death toll from the helicopter crash has now risen to 14. There were 14 people on board the helicopter, including the wife of India’s first Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat. Bipin Rawat’s last rites were performed three days after the accident.
General Rawat’s last journey started from his residence at two o’clock when his body was placed in a large Indian Army vehicle, which was fully decorated with flowers, behind it was a large convoy of cars. For his final voyage, two lieutenant general level officers of the Army, Navy, and Air Force carried the national flag.
During the last journey, there were posters of General Rawat and Mrs. Rawat on both sides of the road. A large number of people on the street were holding posters of General Rawat in their hands. A total of 800 officers and men of the Armed Forces were present during the last rites.
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