Mortal remains of CDS General Rawat, spouse reach Brar Square crematorium for last rites


BRAND-NEW DELHI: Mortal remains of Chief of Defence Personnel (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, who lost his life in a military chopper crash on December 8, has been brought to the Brar Square crematorium in Delhi Cantonment where his last rites will be carried out.
Mortal remains of his spouse Madhulika Rawat, who also lost her life in the same crash, were brought along with the remains of CDS Rawat.
Decked with flowers, the gun carriage reached Brar Square crematorium. About 800 service personnel will participate in the cremation ceremany. India’s first CDS will be accorded a sombre 17-gun salute in line with protocol.
Several individuals signed up with the funeral procession as it preceded towards the crematorium.
These people were seen along the sides of the roadway with banners and nationwide flags.
While the cortege of the CDS preceded towards Brar Square crematorium, the citizens were seen shouting “Jab tak suraj chaand rahega, Bipin ji ka naam rahega”.
Post the playing of the Last Post and Rouse by tri-services buglers, the funeral pyre will be lit by member of the family at the crematorium.
On The Other Hand, Union Ministers Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman, Mansukh Mandaviya, Smriti Irani, Narendra Singh Tomar and Sarbananda Sonowal had, earlier in the day, reached the house of General Bipin Rawat to pay their last aspects.
Several politicians like Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge and Harish Singh Rawat, BJP chief JP Nadda and DMK leaders A Raja and Kanimozhi, among others, laid a wreath on the mortal remains of the CDS and his other half.
An IAF chopper crash near Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday declared the lives of 13 people including CDS Rawat, his partner Madhulika Rawat and his defence consultant Brigadier Lidder.
The Army said the mortal remains of just 3 persons– General Rawat, his better half Madhulika Rawat and Brigadier Lidder– had been favorably determined so far.Brigadier Lidder was cremated earlier today.
Other 10 defence forces workers who died in the chopper crash are Personnel Officer Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh, Wing Leader Prithvi Singh Chauhan, Squadron Leader Kuldeep Singh, Junior Warrant Officer Rana Pratap Das, Junior Warrant Officer Arakkal Pradeep, Havildar Satpal Rai, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitendra Kumar, Lance Naik Vivek Kumar and Lance Naik B. Sai Teja.
Group Captain Varun Singh, the only survivor in the crash, has actually been moved to Air Force Command healthcare facility at Bengaluru for further treatment.
The Centre has actually ordered a ‘tri service’ questions into the mishap. The inquiry will be headed by Air Marshal Manvendra Singh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Training Command.
According to the sources, the black box of the chopper has been recovered from the crash website.
A team of Tamil Nadu’s Forensic Science Department likewise went to the crash website.

Published at Fri, 10 Dec 2021 10:41:58 -0600