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IAF Marshal Arjan Singh cremated with full state honours: Gun salute, fly past held to bid adieu to war veteran

Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh was on Monday cremated with full state honours at Delhi's Brar Square. The mortal remains of Arjan Singh were taken in a gun carriage for the ceremony. Military band played farewell tune as the nation bid goodbye to the Air force veteran, NDTV reported.

The Army gave a 17-gun salute to the Marshal. The IAF officers sounded the bugle before the cremation at the Delhi Cantonment area.

The IAF's Sukhoi-30 fighters in the "missing man" formation along with the Mi-17V5 choppers in "insignia" formation made the flypast paying their last respects to the national hero.

Arvind Singh, son of Arjan Singh lit the pyre after Sikh priests performed religious rituals.

The cortege with Arjan Singh's body wrapped in the flag left his 7, Kautilya Marg residence at 8.30 am. It was decorated with marigold flowers.

BJP veteran LK Advani, and Chief of Naval Staff Sunil Lanba laid a wreath at Brar Square in Delhi’s Cantonment area, Hindustan Times reported.

The Shipping Corporation of India, in a tweet, paid respects to Singh:

BJP president Amit Shah paid respects to Singh in a post on Twitter: "Pained by the sad demise of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh ji. I express my deepest condolences to his family and friends," Mr Shah wrote on Twitter. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee condoled the demise of Arjan Singh, in a tweet.

Singh's last journey of 8-kilometre was accompanied with an Air Force band. He has been accorded a state funeral and the national flag will fly at half-mast in Delhi.

Arjan Singh, who led the air operations in the 1965 war with Pakistan, died at the Army Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi on Saturday. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 98.

Arjan Singh, the hero of the 1965 India-Pakistan war and the only Air Force officer to be promoted to five-star rank, was entrusted with the responsibility of leading the IAF when he was only 44 years old.

He was the chief of the IAF when it found itself at the forefront of the 1965 conflict.

Singh, who had flown more than 60 different types of aircraft, had played a major role in transforming the IAF into one of the most potent air forces globally and the fourth biggest in the world.

Known as a man of few words, he was not only a fearless fighter pilot but had profound knowledge about air power which he applied in a wide spectrum of air operations. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour, in 1965

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Sep 18, 2017 11:21:28 IST

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