CDS Gen Bipin Rawat died in chopper crash in Tamil Nadu, confirms IAF

Bipin Rawat, 63, was a four-star General of the Indian Army who became the first Chief of Defence Staff of India.

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Insight Bureau:  India’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat were killed when an IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter carrying Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife, Defence Assistant, security commandos and IAF pilots crashed in Coonoor area of Southern State of Tamil Nadu today, the Indian Air Force (IAF) confirmed this evening.

Bipin Rawat, 63, was a four-star General of the Indian Army who became the first Chief of Defence Staff of India.

On 30 December 2019, he was appointed as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff and assumed office from 1 January 2020. He was also appointed as head of the new Department of Military Affairs.

Rawat was commissioned into the 5th battalion of 11 Gorkha Rifles on 16 December 1978, the same unit as his father. He got too many medals of Indian Army like PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, ADC.

He also served as 57th and last Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee as well as 26th Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the developments. He will also brief Parliament on the incident today.

Top Indian military official General Bipin Rawat was in critical condition while 11 others were killed when an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter with 14 people on board crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor this afternoon. He later succumbed to his burn injuries.

CDS Gen Bipin Rawat died in chopper crash in Tamil Nadu, confirms IAF

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