“Shocked And Anguished”: President Kovind On General Rawat’s Death

'Shocked And Anguished': President Ram Nath Kovind On General Rawat's Death

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat died today in a chopper crash.

New Delhi:

President Ram Nath Kovind today expressed “shock and anguish” at the sudden death of General Bipin Rawat, India’s Chief of Defence Staff General Rawat and his wife Dr Madhulika Rawat died today after a military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu, killing 13 on board. 

“I am shocked and anguished over the untimely demise of Gen. Bipin Rawat and his wife, Madhulika ji. The nation has lost one of its bravest sons. His four decades of selfless service to the motherland was marked by exceptional gallantry and heroism. My condolences to his family,” the President tweeted. 

“It’s deeply painful for me to learn of the loss of lives in the chopper crash. I join the fellow citizens in paying tributes to each of those who died while performing their duty. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families,” he added in a second tweet. 

Top leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have extended condolences.

In a tweet, PM Modi said, “I am deeply anguished by the helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu in which we have lost Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and other personnel of the Armed Forces. They served India with utmost diligence. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.”

“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 & commitment cannot be put into words. I am deeply pained,” said Mr Shah.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the “untimely death” of Gen Rawat is an “irreparable loss” for the Armed Forces of the country.

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