CDS Bipin Rawat Funeral December 10 Highlights: India’s final salute to its top general – CDS Bipin Rawat cremated with full military honours in Delhi Cantt

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Funeral procession of late Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat from his residence to Brar Square in Delhi cantonment, where he was cremated with full military honours. (PTI photo)

Gen Bipin Rawat Last Rites Today Live, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat Funeral News Updates: General Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, and his wife Mrs Madhulika Rawat were cremated at Delhi Cantonment’s Brar Square Crematorium on Friday evening. As buglers of tri services played the Last Post and Rouse at Brar Square Crematorium, tributes poured in from every corner of India and around the world for the fallen bravehearts of the Coonoor crash tragedy. With air filled with ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ chants, the mortal remains of India’s top general CDS Bipin Rawat and his wife Mrs Madhulika Rawat were brought at the crematorium from their Kamraj Road residence around 3:40 pm. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, Smriti Irani, NSA Ajit Doval and military attachés from various countries were seen at the solemn ceremony. Gen Rawat’s daughters – Kritika and Tarini – performed the rituals during the funeral. Lighting the pyres of their parents, the daughters were surrounded by close relatives and military personnel also.

The Indian Army in its communication had said that 800 servicemen were part of the military funeral of Gen Rawat.

Earlier in the day, Brig LS Lidder’s funeral also took place at Brar Square. The mortal remains of CDS Rawat and others were flown in from Wellington to Delhi’s Palam airbase on Thursday evening. In a sombre ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led last respects to the soldiers killed in the IAF’s Mi-17 helicopter crash.

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18:06 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: Singapore Chief of Defence Forces saddened at tragic demise of Gen. Rawat

Describing General Bipin Rawat as a “good” and “highly respected” man by all, Singapore, the city-state’s Chief of Defence Force on Friday expressed condolences at the tragic demise of India’s first Chief of Defence Staff who died in a helicopter crash. Gen. Rawat, his wife, and 11 other defence personnel were killed when a military helicopter carrying them crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. “I am deeply saddened at the tragic passing of Gen Bipin Rawat, his spouse and several others in the chopper crash,” wrote Chief of Defence Force, Lt Gen Melvyn Ong. Lt Gen Melvyn Ong visited the High Commission of India in Singapore on Friday to pay respects and sign the Condolence Book for General Rawat, his wife and others who died in the crash. “Bipin was a good man, a fine leader and highly respected by all, including Singapore. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the Indian armed forces in this difficult period,” Ong wrote. “Rest in peace,” Ong signed off. Many defence personnel from other countries also came and signed the Condolence Book, the High Commission said. (PTI)

17:57 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: CDS Rawat and his wife were laid to rest on same pyre for cremation.

17:44 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: Late General Bipin Rawat was one of bravest soldiers in the country – Kejriwal

Late General Bipin Rawat was one of the bravest soldiers in the country. His sudden demise is a huge loss for the entire country. We have paid tribute to him. He will forever be in our memories: Arvind Kejriwal, CM, Delhi (ANI)
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17:36 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: After cremation, ashes of Gen Rawat to be taken to Haridwar tomorrow: Family

Family members of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat have planned to take his ashes to Haridwar on Saturday after completion of cremation rituals in Delhi, his daughter said on Friday. He is being laid to rest at the Brar Square Crematorium at the Delhi Cantonment, where his mortal remains were taken to in a solemn procession from his official residence at 3, Kamraj Marg, on a ceremonial gun carriage, which was bedecked with flowers. “After the cremation today at Delhi Cantonment’s crematorium, we will be taking his ‘asthi’ (ashes) to Haridwar tomorrow,” General Rawat’s younger daughter Tarini, told PTI. General Rawat, 63, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and 11 other defence personnel were killed when a Mi17V5 helicopter carrying them crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.  Tarini, along with her elder sister Kritika, on Friday afternoon performed traditional rituals at their home, before the mortal remains of their parents — General Rawat and Madhulika Rawat — were moved to carriages for taking them to the crematorium. The sisters, stood in sombre silence next to the mortal remains of their father and mother, as a large number of visitors, including dignitaries, continued to stream in at the official bungalow of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), since morning. Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, Home Minister Amit Shah, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, former defence minister A K Antony, a number of Union ministers and senior leaders of political parties, religious gurus, seers and several lawmakers paid their last respects to India’s first Chief of Defence Staff and his wife. (PTI)

17:30 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: CDS Rawat laid to final rest with full military honours, 17-gun salute — WATCH VIDEO

17:02 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: CDS General Bipin Rawat laid to rest with full military honours.

CDS General Bipin Rawat laid to rest with full military honours. His last rites were performed along with his wife Madhulika Rawat, who too lost her life in Tamil Nadu Chopper Crash. Their daughters Kritika and Tarini performed their last rites.

16:47 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: Gen Rawat’s daughters perform the last rites

Gen Rawat’s daughters perform the last rites 

16:30 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: Daughters of CDS General Bipin Rawat and Madhulika Rawat pay tributes to their parents

Daughters of CDS General Bipin Rawat and Madhulika Rawat – Kritika and Tarini – pay tribute to their parents. Other members of the family also join them in paying last respects.

16:14 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: Mortal remains of CDS General Bipin Rawat and his wife brought to Brar Square crematorium

The mortal remains of CDS General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat brought to Brar Square crematorium, Delhi Cantonment.

15:08 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: CDS & Army Command of Sri Lanka to attend Gen Rawat’s funeral

A real tragedy. Our President today sent CDS & Army Command of Sri Lanka as his envoy for the ceremony. We’re heartbroken. Many senior personnel in our military have known him well. He was Sri Lanka’s friend: Milinda Moragoda, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner – ANI

14:54 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: Cortège of CDS General Bipin Rawat proceeds towards Brar Square

13:27 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: TN CM writes to kin of deceased persons expressing condolence

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday personally wrote to the families of the Defence personnel killed in the Coonoor helicopter crash expressing his condolences, the state government said. All the people were with the families during this tough time, he told them in seperate letters. Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others were killed after the helicopter carrying them to Wellington in the Nilgiris district in the state crashed near Coonoor there on Wednesday. Stalin had rushed to Coonoor soon after coming to know of the accident and paid floral tributes to the departed on Thursday, an official release recalled. The state government had ensured all arrangements during the rescue activities and later during transportation of the mortal remains of the deceased, which were later flown from Coimbatore to Delhi, it said. “Further, the chief minister today wrote individually to the families of the Defence personnel killed in the accident, expressing his sincere condolences and regret.” “He said all the people were by them in this tough time and said though their loss is irreparable, he wished they got the strength to recover from it,” the release said. PTI

12:58 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: CDS is being accorded a 17 gun salute

The CDS is being accorded a 17 gun salute, as per laid down protocols. Post the playing of the Last Post and Rouse by tri services buglers, the funeral pyre will be lit by family members.

12:52 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: What we know about Gen Rawat’s military funeral

Gen Bipin Rawat’s mortal remains have been laid in state at 3 Kamraj Marg from 1100 hours till 1330 hours to enable people to pay last homage.

Total 12 officers (from Army, Navy & Air Force) of the rank of Brigadier and equivalent are on Vigil Duty to maintain continuous vigil over the mortal remains while it is laid in state.

Six officers (02 each from Army, Navy & Air Force) of the rank of Lieutenant General equivalent will be the Pall(National Flag) Bearers

Wreaths are being laid by visiting dignitaries while the mortal remains laid in State and will also be laid at Brar Square Cremation Ground.

Ceremonial Battery of 2233 Field Regiment is providing gun carriage.

99 all ranks from the Army, Navy and Air force and 33 members of the triservices band will form the front escort while 99 all ranks from the thre Services will act as the Rear Escort.

A total of 800 service personnel will be in attendance for the military

12:24 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: IAF on tri-service probe

‘IAF has constituted a tri-service Court of Inquiry to investigate the cause of the tragic helicopter accident on 08 Dec 21. The inquiry would be completed expeditiously & facts brought out. Till then, to respect the dignity of the deceased, uninformed speculation may be avoided,’ tweets the Indian Air Force. 

12:12 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: A daughter’s message for her father

I am going to be 17. So he was with me for 17 years, we will go ahead with happy memories. It’s a national loss. My father was a hero, my best friend. Maybe it was destined and better things will come our way. He was my biggest motivator: Aashna Lidder, daughter of Brig LS Lidder – ANI

11:49 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: HM Shah pays last respects to CDS Rawat, his wife

Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday laid wreaths on the mortal remains of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat, who were among the 13 killed in the military chopper crash in Tamil Nadu. The mortal remains of Gen Rawat and his wife were kept at their official residence here before cremation. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad and British Ambassador to India Alexander Ellis was among the other leaders who paid their last respects to Gen Rawat and his wife. Gen Rawat, his wife, and 11 other defence personnel were killed when a Mi17V5 helicopter carrying them crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. As India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Rawat was tasked to bring in theatre command and jointness among the three services, and he was pushing it with a tough approach and specific timelines in the last two years. – PTI

11:01 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: Brig LS Lidder laid to final rest with full military honours

Brig LS Lidder laid to final rest with full military honours. The officer lost his life in Tamil Nadu Chopper Crash on 8th December.

10:28 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: All possible angles being probed

The tri-services team investigating the tragic chopper crash near Coonoor that killed CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and 12 others is focusing on all possible reasons including whether a human error caused the accident, people familiar with the development said on Thursday. The black box, comprising the flight data recorder (FDR) and the cockpit voice recorder (CVR), of the ill-fated Mi-17V5 helicopter of the Indian Air Force was recovered from the crash site on Thursday. While the CVR will provide details about the communication between the pilots and the air traffic control, the FDR will provide information like altitude, speed and other technical data of the chopper. The Chief of Defence Staff had left the Palam airbase in an IAF Embraer aircraft at 8:47 am and landed at Sulur airbase at 11:34 am. He took off from Sulur in a Mi-17V5 chopper at around 1148 am for Wellington, official sources said. The chopper crashed at around 12:22 pm, they said, adding it was to land at Wellington at around 12:15 pm. “All angles including possible human error will be investigated,” a senior military offcial said. – PTI

10:18 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: NHRC pays tribute to Gen Bipin Rawat

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday paid homage to Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, who died in a chopper crash a day earlier, and said he shared a “deep concern for human rights”. Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, who had a vast experience across a wide spectrum of conflict and terrain profiles, was among the 13 people killed on Wednesday when the military helicopter they were travelling in crashed in a hilly area in apparently foggy conditions near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and state officials earlier said. On Thursday, the NHRC paid tributes to the 63-year-old, who had served as an Army chief, before assuming the mantle of the new post of CDS. – PTI

10:13 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: Bhutan’s King offers prayers for CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, 12 others

Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Wangchuck on Thursday offered prayers for CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulka and 11 others killed in the IAF chopper crash in Tamil Nadu, Indian officials said. They said Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the King’s father also offered prayers for those killed in the crash on Wednesday, they said. “The King and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo have sent messages of condolence for the bereaved families, and the government and people of India,” said an official. Gen Rawat visited Bhutan several times during his career and had a very cordial relationship with the top leadership of the country. The officials said the Bhutanese prime minister, foreign minister and senior officers of the country’s armed forces attended a ceremony to pay tributes to Gen Rawat and others. The ceremony to offer a thousand butter lamps as per Bhutanese tradition was attended by the Indian Ambassador, Indian officials of project DANTAK and IMTRAT (Indian Military Training Team) and representatives of the Indian community. Under project DANTAK, India has addressed Bhutan’s infrastructure requirements. PTI

10:10 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: Three service chiefs reach Delhi Cantt

The three service chiefs – Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar & IAF chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari pay tribute to Brig LS Lidder at Brar Square, Delhi Cantt.

10:09 (IST)10 Dec 2021
CDS General Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash News LIVE Updates: Mortal remains of Brig LS Lidder brought to Brar Square

From Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to NSA Ajit Doval, dignitaries are reaching Delhi Cantt to pay their last respects to Brig Lidder. 

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