PM Modi pays floral tribute to CDS, his wife and 11 Armed Forces personnel at Palam air base


Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid his last respects to chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and others who died in an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter crash a day ago in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor area. 

Mortal remains of the CDS, his wife Madhulika Rawat and other personnel who were killed in the mishap were brought to Palam Airbase in Delhi earlier a while ago from Sulur. The PM paid floral tributes to General Rawat and others at a special ceremony being held at the air base.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh, chiefs of the armed forces also paid their last respects to the CDS and others.  

Before this, the defence minister met families of General Rawat and other armed forces personnel at the air base.

The Indian Army said that the positive identification of only three mortal remains has been possible as of now including General Bipin Rawat, Madhulika Rawat and Brigadier LS Lidder.

The mortal remains will be released to the Next of Kin, for final religious rites as desired by respective families.