New Delhi: Chief of Defense Staff of the Indian Armed Forces General Bipin Rawat’s wife and 11 others were killed in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu.
The helicopter was carrying 14 members of the family and staff besides Chief of Defense General Bipin Rawat of India, including Mrs. Madhu Leka Rawat, Brigadier LS Lidder, Lt. Col. Harjinder Singh, Naik Garsivak Singh, Naik Jatinder Kumar, Lance. Naik Vivek Kumar and others. The helicopter crashed between Coimbatore and Siller.
The Indian Air Force’s social networking site Twitter reported that Bipin Rawat’s military helicopter crashed in the state of Tamil Nadu, killing Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhu Lakaravat and 11 crew members. The NA will be tested.
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.
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 8, 2021
According to Indian media, General Bipin Rawat was on his way to lecture at the Medical College. The bodies of 13 people have been recovered from the wreckage of the helicopter.
Local officials say a rescue operation has been launched at the scene. The Indian Air Force confirmed the crash on social media, the message said, adding that Indian Chief of Staff General Bipin Rawat’s Mi-17V5 helicopter had crashed, prompting an inquiry into the cause of the crash. has been done.
According to Indian media reports, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will make a statement in Parliament tomorrow regarding the incident.
On the other hand, Indian Army Lieutenant General (retd) HS Panag claimed in a tweet that Indian Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat had been killed in the accident.
RIP General Bipin Rawat!
— Lt Gen H S Panag(R) (@rwac48) December 8, 2021
It should be noted that General Bipin Rawat has been appointed as the Chief of Army Staff of India and retired from the post on December 31, 2019. The Prime Minister of India had appointed him as the first Chief of Defense of the country.