Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid last respects to Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 other Armed Forces Personnel who lost their lives on Wednesday in a chopper crash at a special ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday.
The mortal remains of CDS General Rawat and the other Armed Forces personnel reached Delhi today at 8 pm. The family members of the deceased were also present at the ceremony.
CDS General Rawat, his wife and the 11 Armed Forces Personnel died after the Mi-17V5 helicopter crashed in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. They were on their way to Wellington from Sulur airbase.
So far, the identification of the mortal remains of CDS General Rawat, his wife and Brig LS Lidder has been possible. Their bodies will be released to their immediate kin for the final religious rites.
Meanwhile, the process to identify the rest of the bodies will continue which will be kept at the Mortuary of Army Base Hospital till positive identification formalities are completed.
Earlier today, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh briefed the parliament about the chopper crash. He formally informed both the houses about the demise of CDS General Rawat.
Expressing grief over the sudden demise of CDS General Rawat and 12 others, Singh paid homage to the deceased persons and extended condolences to the bereaved families.
He also announced that a tri-service enquiry has been ordered by the IAF into the crash.