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CDS Bipin Rawat, wife Madhulika, 10 others dead

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 • Tamil Comments

The authorities today said that Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 10 other persons are no more. The CDS was on a visit to Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (Nilgiri Hills) to address the faculty and student officers of the Staff Course on Wednesday.

Giving an official account of the chopper crash, the IAF said, "Around noon today, an IAF Mi 17 V5 helicopter with a crew of 4 members carrying the CDS and 9 other passengers met with a tragic accident near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. Gp Capt Varun Singh SC, Directing Staff at DSSC with injuries is currently under treatment at Military Hospital, Wellington."

Soon after, Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted, "A very sad day for the nation as we have lost our CDS, General Bipin Rawat Ji in a very tragic accident. He was one of the bravest soldiers, who has served the motherland with utmost devotion. His exemplary contributions and commitment cannot be put into words. I am deeply pained." Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wrote, "I extend my condolences to the family of Gen Bipin Rawat and his wife. This is an unprecedented tragedy and our thoughts are with their family in this difficult time. Heartfelt condolences also to all others who lost their lives. India stands united in this grief."

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