Breaking News : Bipin Rawat, His Wife Among 11 Dead in Chopper Crash
In a shocking instance, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat were among the 11 who in a chopper crash on Thursday. As per the sources the Indian Air Force chopper they were travelling in crashed near Coonor near Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiri hill district.
While an investigation has been ordered, the government is likely to make a statement in Parliament on Thursday on the crash of the Mi-17V5 helicopter. More details are awaited.
Meanwhile, India’s PM Narendra Modi and Ramnath Kovind expressed their sympathies and tributes :
Gen Bipin Rawat was an outstanding soldier. A true patriot, he greatly contributed to modernising our armed forces and security apparatus. His insights and perspectives on strategic matters were exceptional. His passing away has saddened me deeply. Om Shanti.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi
It’s deeply painful for me to learn of the loss of lives in the chopper crash. I join the fellow citizens in paying tributes to each of those who died while performing their duty. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.
President Ram Nath Kovind
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