New Delhi: Late Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, the nation’s most senior military officer along with his wife and 11 armed forces personnel, died in an IAF helicopter crash near Kannur in Tamil Nadu on 8th December. Today, the bodies will be cremated with full military honours in New Delhi by the Afternoon.
The bodies were airlifted from Sulur near Coimbatore to the Palam airbase last evening. The family members watched as caskets were brought out of an IAF aircraft and lined inside a hangar. NSA Ajit Doval, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and PM Modi were also present during the honoring of bygone souls.
PM Modi met their family members, and on the behalf of the nation paid tributes by placing a wreath and showering petals before each of the 13 caskets. The bodies will be kept in the mortuary of the Army Base Hospital till positive identification is completed. The bodies will then be handed over to their families for the last rites.
As per media reports, the condition of the bodies after the crash had made identification difficult. DNA matching and visual identification will be done for the remaining 10 people, and the process may take time.
The mortal remains of the 13 were taken by road from Wellington to Sulur Air Force Station. In the way, civilians chanted #veervanakkam and enchanted Bharat Mata ki Jai. The C-17 Globemaster was used to land in Delhi.