Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, died in an IAF chopper crash in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday, December 8. The Indian Air Force took to Twitter and confirmed the demise of General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and 11 others who were on board.
Group caption Varun Singh SC, Directing Staff at DSSC has sustained injuries and is currently under treatment at Military Hospital, Wellington.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and expressed his anguish by the helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu. He tweeted that India lost its General Bipin Rawat, his wife, and other personnel of the Armed Forces. They served India with utmost diligence. His thoughts are with the bereaved families, PM Modi tweeted.
In another tweet, he wrote that General Bipin Rawat was an outstanding soldier and a true patriot who greatly contributed to modernising our armed forces and security apparatus. His insights and perspectives on strategic matters were exceptional and his passing away has saddened the Prime Minister deeply.
Paying tribute to General Bipin Rawat, PM Modi wrote that he had worked on diverse aspects relating to our armed forces including defence reforms as India’s first CDS. He brought with him a rich experience of serving in the army and India will always remember his exceptional service.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah condoled the death of General Bipin Rawat and tweeted that this was a sad day for the nation as it has lost its CDS, General Bipin Rawat in a very tragic accident. He was one of the bravest soldiers, who served the motherland with utmost devotion.
Amit Shah further wrote that Bipin Rawat’s exemplary contributions and commitment cannot be put into words and he is deeply pained.
General Bipin Rawat was appointed as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff in January 2019. He served as the 57th and last Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee and also as the 26th Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army.