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Updated on: Thursday, December 09, 2021, 04:40 PM IST

CDS chopper crash: People in Tamil Nadu shower flower petals on ambulances carrying mortal remains, chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai'; watch video

Army vehicles carry the coffins containing the mortal remains of Indian defence chief General Bipin Rawat and 13 others who lost their lives a day earlier in a helicopter crash in Coonoor during a military funeral ceremony at the Madras regimental Center in Wellington, Tamil Nadu, on December 9, 2021. |  (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)

Army vehicles carry the coffins containing the mortal remains of Indian defence chief General Bipin Rawat and 13 others who lost their lives a day earlier in a helicopter crash in Coonoor during a military funeral ceremony at the Madras regimental Center in Wellington, Tamil Nadu, on December 9, 2021. | (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)

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Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others, who were on board IAF's Mi-17V5 helicopter, died in the crash on Wednesday.

Their mortal remains were today brought to Madras Regimental Centre from Military Hospital, Wellington in Nilgiris district.

The mortal remains will be brought to Delhi today in an IAF plane from the Sulur airbase.

Meanwhile, people were seen showering flower petals on ambulances carrying mortal remains and chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai' and 'Veer Vannakkam'.

The video was shared on Twitter by Union Minister Piyush Goyal.

Watch Video:

Meanwhile, the last rites will be held in Delhi on Friday with military honours. A funeral procession will start from Kamraj Marg to Brar Square crematorium in Delhi Cantonment.

Besides, the government today ordered a 'tri service' enquiry into the accident.

The enquiry will be headed by Air Marshal Manvendra Singh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Training Command.

Informing about the timeline of the fatal crash, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha said that the IAF chopper lost contact with the Sulur base control room at around 12.08 pm, after it took off at 11.48 am from Sulur airbase.

Both Houses of the Parliament observed two-minutes silence on the demise of 13 people.

Those who died in the crash include General Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, his Defence Adviser Brigadier Lakhbinder Singh Lidder, Staff Officer Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh and nine other Armed Forces personnel including the Air Force helicopter crew.

Their names are Wing Commander 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, Lance Naik B Sai Teja.

(With ANI inputs)

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Published on: Thursday, December 09, 2021, 04:40 PM IST
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