Irreparable Loss To Armed Forces: Political Leaders Express Anguish Over Demise of CDS Bipin Rawat

Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 other people on board an Indian Air Force helicopter died in a crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.

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CDS Bipin Rawat Dies in Chopper Crash: Soon after the Indian Air Force confirmed that CDS General Bipin Rawat died in the tragic chopper crash on Wednesday, a host of leaders across the political spectrum expressed anguish and called his untimely demise 'an irreparable loss' to the Armed Forces. Starting from Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Home Minister Amit Shah, the leaders expressed condolence to the bereaved family members of General Rawat.

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Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 other people on board an Indian Air Force helicopter died in a crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, the Indian Air Force said.

"Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was on a visit to Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (Nilgiri Hills) to address the faculty and student officers of the Staff Course today," it said.

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"With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident," the IAF tweeted. It said Group Captain Varun Singh with injuries is currently under treatment at a military hospital in Wellington.

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Rajnath Singh: "Deeply anguished by the sudden demise of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 other Armed Forces personnel in an extremely unfortunate helicopter accident today in Tamil Nadu. His untimely death is an irreparable loss to our Armed Forces and the country."

Narendra Modi: "I am deeply anguished by the helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu in which we have lost Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and other personnel of the Armed Forces. They served India with utmost diligence. My thoughts are with the bereaved families."

Amit Shah: "A very sad day for the nation as we have lost our CDS, General Bipin Rawat Ji in a very tragic accident. He was one of the bravest soldiers, who has served the motherland with utmost devotion. His exemplary contributions & commitment cannot be put into words. I am deeply pained."

Venkaiah Naidu: "Deeply shocked" at the demise of Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, his wife and other Armed Forces personnel in helicopter crash in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu."

Ram Nath Kovind: "I am shocked and anguished over the untimely demise of Gen. Bipin Rawat and his wife, Madhulika ji. The nation has lost one of its bravest sons. His four decades of selfless service to the motherland was marked by exceptional gallantry and heroism. My condolences to his family."

Anurag Thakur: "Anguished by the demise of India's first CDS, Gen Bipin Rawat. He served the nation with valour and worked towards strengthening India's defence apparatus. The country will never forget his exemplary service."

Rahul Gandhi: "I extend my condolences to the family of Gen Bipin Rawat and his wife. This is an unprecedented tragedy and our thoughts are with their family in this difficult time," Gandhi said on Twitter.

 

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Published Date:December 8, 2021 6:37 PM IST

Updated Date:December 8, 2021 7:05 PM IST

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