Tri-Service Enquiry Into Coonoor Chopper Crash: Rajnath Singh

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rajnath singh statement bipin rawat crash: Indian Air Force (IAF) has ordered a tri-service inquiry into the military chopper crash that happened on 8 December near Coonoor area of Tamil Nadu. Air Marshal Manavendra Singh will lead the investigation for the same. According to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Lok Sabha, the inquiry team reached Wellington yesterday itself and the investigation has started. He also said the CDS’ death was an “irreparable loss to our Armed Forces and the country.”

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General Bipin Rawat, India’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is also one of the 13 personnel who died in the helicopter crash. His wife Mrs Madhulika Rawat was with him when the incident took place. “With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident.”, reads the tweet of Indian Air Force.

According to reports, General Rawat and his wife’s mortal reports will be brought to Delhi in a military plane from Coimbatore. The bodies will be brought to General Rawat’s residence where people will be able to pay their last respects between 11 am to 2 pm. The funeral procession will start from Kamraj Marg to Brar Square crematorium in Delhi Cantonment.

Along with CDS chief, the Defence Assistant, Security Commandos, Air Force personnel were also present on board.

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President of India pays tribute

President of India Ramnath Kovind expressed his grief over the untimely death of the General and his wife. He said, “The nation has lost one of its bravest sons. His four decades of selfless service to the motherland was marked by exceptional gallantry and heroism. My condolences to his family.”