On Wednesday, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat passed away as Mi-17V-5, which had him on board met with an accident in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.
Chief of Air Staff, V. R. Chaudhari went to the accident spot in Coonoor on Thursday and took information about the incident. The Chief of Air Staff had left Palam Air Base for Tamil Nadu on Wednesday only.
Questions over lack in security are continuously being raised over this accident. Amidst these questions, Indian Air Force has already ordered an inquiry. Hence, Air Force is trying to analyse possible reasons for the accident on its level. There has been no official statement by Air force over the reason why accident occured and if there was a conspiracy or not.
The whole nation is mourning the untimely death of CDS General Bipin Rawat. Uttarakhand has announced three day state mourning over his death.
Also, the interim President of Congress, Sonia Gandhi, has decided not to celebrate her birthday keeping in mind the tragic loss faced by the country. She appealed the workers of her party to not organise any celebration for her birthday.
General Rawat’s dead body is expected to reach New Delhi by today evening. On Friday, the dead bodies will be taken to homes and people will be allowed to pay last tribute and condolence from 12 noon to 2 pm.
Post this, a funeral procession will be carried out from Kamraj Marg to Brar Square crematorium.
Yesterday,General Rawat was enroute Wellington from the Indian Air Force Base,Sulur. He was going to Defence Services Staff College, Wellington to address students and faculty. At around 12:20 in afternoon, the helicopter Mi-17V-5 crashed in Nilgiri district. The helicopter had 14 people on board out of which 13 lost their lives, while the sole survivor Group Captain Varun Singh is being treated at an army hospital in Wellington