New Delhi, September 17: The last rites of Indian Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh will be held tomorrow in Delhi. As per reports, a state funeral will be accorded to Singh. The rites will be held at Barar Square in the national capital. National flags will fly half half-mast on all buildings where the tricolor is flown.
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Sunday announced about the state funeral and said, “As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, a state funeral will be accorded and national flag will fly half-mast on the day of the funeral (September 18) in Delhi on all buildings where it is flown regularly.” The funeral will be held at 10 am.
Marshal Arjan Singh passed away on Saturday due to cardiac arrest at the Army Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi. He was 98. According to a Defence Ministry report, he breathed his last at 7.47 pm on Saturday.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi among several political leaders and security officials condoled the death of Singh, whose greatest feat was in the Second World War and the 1965 mission against Pakistan’s Grand Slam Operation.
Singh was the only officer of the IAF to be promoted to five-star rank, equal to a Field Marshal in the Army. In 1965, he was also awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour.