General Bipin Rawat Death News LATEST Updates: The three service chiefs - Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar and IAF chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari paid tribute to the late CDS, his wife Madhulika Rawat and other victims of the IAF chopper crash
General Bipin Rawat Death News Updates: The three service chiefs - Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar and IAF chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari paid last respect to CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and other victims of the IAF chopper crash in Tamil Nadu.
The bodies of CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier LS Lidder and Lance Naik Vivek Kumar have been identified so far, ANI reported.
The bodies of late CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife, and the 11 personnels who died in the chopper crash in Tamil Nadu's Nilgiri Hills has reached Delhi's Palam Air Force base. The family members of Gen Bipin Rawat, who was among the crash victims, have reached the airport.
The Defence Secretary will lay a wreath at 8.30 pm, followed by the Chiefs of Staff of the Air Force, Navy and Army, the junior Defence Minister. NSA Ajit Doval, Rajnath Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will follow, before the President pays his respects.
All 13 bodies are being brought in an Indian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft from Sulur to Delhi. The IAF chief will reach Delhi soon.
The family members of all the deceased personnel are arriving at Delhi. 'Appropriate military rites of all personnel will be ensured in consultation with close relatives once the process of positive identification is completed, the army said.
According to News 18 Tamil, vehicles carrying mortal remains of CDS Bipin Rawat, his wife and other personnel who died in the Coonoor chopper crash, have left for Sulur airbase from Madras Regimental Centre in Nilgiris district.
From the Sulur airbase, the mortal remains will be taken to Delhi by air.
"This is big loss for both India and Afghanistan. General Rawat had contributed a lot in training to strengthen the Afghan army. I pay tribute to him on behalf of Afghanistan," said Afghan Ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay.
Dedicating the first day of the State Assembly's Winter session to CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, Utttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said, "He was our pride. I am going to Delhi to attend his funeral."
Air Marshal Manavendra Singh is currently serving as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Training Command. Prior to that, he served as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command.
TMC Rajya Sabha MPs walked out in protest because the Chair did not allow any opposition party to condole the tragic death CDS and 12 others on record, said MP Sushmita Dev.
Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin pays floral tribute to CDS General Bipin Rawat and others who died in the Coonoor chopper crash at the Madras Regimental Centre in Nilgiris district. In Uttarakhand Assembly, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, state ministers, and MLAs pay tribute to CDS General Bipin Rawat who along with his wife and 11 others died in a chopper crash in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.
Rajya Sabha observes two-minute silence on the demise of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife, and other personnel in a military helicopter crash near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.
"The dead include the spouse of the CDS, Mrs Madhulika Rawat, his Defence Adviser Brig Lakhbinder Singh Lidder, Staff Officer Lt Col Harjinder Singh and nine other Armed Forces personnel including the Air Force helicopter crew," Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told Lok Sabha.
"Group Captain Varun Singh is on life support in the Military Hospital at Wellington and all efforts are being made to save his life," he said.
"A tri-Service enquiry regarding the incident has been ordered by Indian Air Force, headed by Air Marshal Manvendra Singh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Training Command," Singh said.
"The Chief of Defence Staff would be cremated with full military honours. I, on behalf of the august House, pay homage to the deceased persons and express condolences to the bereaved families," the defence minister said.
The Lok Sabha also observed two-minute silence on the demise of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife, and other personnel in a military helicopter crash near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.
Making a statement on Wednesday's helicopter crash in Lok Sabha, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said CDS General Bipin Rawat and others took the MI17 flight at 11 am and 12:15 was to land. At 12:08 contact was lost with the chopper. Out of 14, 13 people have succumbed to injuries.
The black box of the ill-fated chopper that crashed on Wednesday killing 13 people on board was retrieved on Thursday morning from the crash site. The Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder were also recovered from the site.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will make a statement in both Houses of Parliament today on the chopper crash in Tamil Nadu that claimed the lives of 13 people including the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat.
Gen 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 Air Force said.
The US Embassy here extended its deepest condolences to the Rawat family and the families of those who perished in the crash.
As India's first Chief of Defence Staff, General Rawat spearheaded a historic period of transformation in the Indian military, the US mission said in a statement.
Gen Rawat was a strong friend and partner of the United States, overseeing a major expansion of India's defence cooperation with the US military, it said.
"In September, he spent five days travelling throughout the US as part of a counterpart visit with General Mark Milley to discuss military developments and opportunities to enhance our cooperation with like-minded countries. His legacy will continue on," the Embassy said.
"Our thoughts are with the Indian people and the Indian military, and we pray for Group Captain Varun Singh's full recovery," it said.
Chinese ambassador to India Sun Weidong extended "deep condolences on the sad demise of CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife and other victims in the helicopter crash".
"My sympathy goes to all the family members of General Bipin Rawat," he said.
Bhutanese premier Lotay Tshering said it was heartaching to learn of the helicopter crash. "People of Bhutan and I offer prayers for India and the bereaved families. May you find strength to see through the tragedy," he said.
Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said he was deeply saddened by the tragic demise of Gen Rawat, his wife, and several defence officials.
"My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and the Indian Armed Forces," he said.
British High Commissioner Alex Ellis also condoled Gen Rawat's demise and hailed him as a wise man and brave soldier.
"Tragic news. Gen Rawat was a wise man, a brave soldier, a pioneer and a generous host to me only weeks ago. We mourn his death and that of his wife, and all killed in this terrible accident," Ellis tweeted.
He also tweeted his condolences in Hindi.
Russian Envoy to India Nikolay Kudashev said with deepest regret, he learnt about the sudden demise of Gen Bipin Rawat, Madhulika Rawat and other officers in the crash.
India has lost its great patriot and dedicated hero, Kudashev said.
"Russia has lost a very close friend, who played a big role in promotion of our bilateral special and privileged strategic partnership. Grieving together with India. Goodbye, friend! Farewell, commander!" he tweeted.
Australian High Commissioner to India Barry O'Farrell expressed deepest sympathies to the families of Rawat and others on the helicopter.
Australia-India relationship has thrived during General Rawat's tenure, he said.
French envoy to India Emmanuel Lenain tweeted, "Deeply saddened by the tragic demise of CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife, and several defence officials in a crash. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and the Indian Armed Forces."
"We will remember CDS Rawat as a great military leader and a supporter of Flag of France-India defence ties," he said.
European Union's envoy to India Ugo Astuto also extended heartfelt condolences to the family of Gen Rawat, his wife and families of armed forces personnel who lost their lives.
Japanese envoy to India Satoshi Suzuki said he was deeply saddened by the tragic demise of Gen Rawat, his wife and 11 Armed Forces personnel in an unfortunate accident.
"I extend my deepest condolences to the bereaved family members of the people killed in the accident," he said.
Ambassador of Israel to India Naor Gilon said he is deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic deaths in the chopper crash.
"The people of Israel stand side by side with the Indian people and government in mourning the death of Indian heroes. Om Shanti," he tweeted.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz also extended condolences to the people of India over Gen Rawat's demise.
Pakistan's top military brass also expressed condolences over the "tragic death" of Rawat.
German Ambassador to India Walter Lindner said tweeted, "What tragic news! Our deepest condolences to General Bipin Rawat's family and all relatives of those who perished in the tragic helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu."
He also tweeted his condolences in Hindi.
Pakistan Army's spokesman in a short statement posted on Twitter said that Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Nadeem Raza and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed condolences.
Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, NI(M) Chief of the Air Staff Pakistan Air Force, also expressed his condolences on the tragic death of Gen Rawat, his spouse, and 11 others.
Singapore mission in India said it was saddened to learn that the chief of defence staff and others on board the chopper have passed.
"Had the honour of meeting Gen Rawat several times. His vision, candour and warmth will be missed. Deepest condolences to all grieving this terrible loss," it said.