Indian Air Force (IAF) issues a new statement three days after the helicopter crash that resulted in the death of thirteen people including Chief of Defence, General Bipin Rawat, and his wife.
A Court of Inquiry of the three services has been constituted, the Indian Air Force said. The inquiry will be completed expeditiously and the facts of the accident will be brought to light, speculation should be avoided until the investigation into the helicopter crash is completed.
On the other hand, the bodies of Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and his wife, who died in a helicopter crash, have been laid to rest at their residence in Delhi. The bodies were brought to Delhi last evening. Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Indian Home Minister Amit Shah, and other Indian officials paid homage to Bipin Rawat at his residence in Panche. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also arrived to pay tributes. Congress leader Malkarjan Kharge and former defense minister AK Antony also visited Bipin Rawat’s residence and paid tributes. The last rites of General Bipin Rawat and his wife will be performed at 4 pm at Barar Square.
Earlier, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior military officials paid tribute to those killed in the crash at Palm Airport. Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Chief of Army Staff MM Narne, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar, Indian Air Force Chief Air Marshal AVR Chaudhry, Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar also paid tribute to General Bipin Rawat.
Earlier, the last rites of Defense Adviser Brigadier Lakhwinder Singh Lidder, who was killed in a helicopter crash along with General Bipin Rawat, were performed at Delhi Cantonment. Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and the Chiefs of the three Armies were present on the occasion. Brigadier General Bipin Rawat was a key member of the team.
Moreover, according to reports, military circles in India celebrated the crash and possible death of the Chief of Defense Staff who managed to achieve new developments. It is believed that India under the leadership of Bipin Rawat as Chief of Defence was facing corruption charges in the Raphael planes case. India under the leadership of Bipin Rawat had also faced defeat and internal turmoil in Pulwama and Doklam regions.
The Indian Army Chief, along with his wife and officers, were on board the safest helicopter, which has two engines. A safe landing can be made with one engine in the event of a malfunction in the other engine. This helicopter is only used for VVIP personalities.
It should be noted that General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Indian Army, retired on December 31, 2019, after completing his term. He was appointed by the Modi government as India’s first Chief of Defense Staff. General Bipin Lakshman Singh Rawat was a four-star general of the Indian Army. He was born in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and was trained at the Indian Military Academy. His father was also in the Indian Army. The age limit was increased for Bipin Rawat from 62 to 65 years, and after retiring from the post of Army Chief, he was made the Chief of Defense Staff. Bipin Rawat’s father had also retired from the post of Lieutenant General. Rawat started his military career in 1978 with the commission in the 5th Battalion of the 11th Gurkha Rifles. General Rawat continued to climb the ladder of success and fulfill various important responsibilities. He was made Deputy Chief of Army Staff on September 1, 2016.
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