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Amit Shah Condoles Death Of Gen Rawat, Others In Chopper Crash

New Delhi:

Condolences have started pouring in over the death of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others in a chopper crash earlier today in the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu.

In a tweet, the Indian Air Force confirmed on Wednesday evening that Gen Rawat, who was India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, and his wife Madhulika Rawat were among the 13 persons who died in the fatal chopper crash.

Union home minister Amit Shah called Gen Rawat “one of the bravest soldiers” and said his contributions “cannot be put into words”.

“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.

“Deeply anguished by the sudden demise of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 other Armed Forces personnel in an extremely unfortunate helicopter accident today in Tamil Nadu. His untimely death is an irreparable loss to our Armed Forces and the country,” he said in a tweet.

In separate tweets, the minister said, “General Rawat had served the country with exceptional courage and diligence. As the first Chief of Defence Staff he had prepared plans for jointness of our Armed Forces.”

“My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their loved ones in this accident. Praying for the speedy recovery of Gp Capt Varun Singh, who  is currently under treatment at the Military Hospital, Wellington,” added Mr Singh.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called it an “unprecedented tragedy” and extended condolences to the family of Gen Rawat.

“I extend my condolences to the family of Gen Bipin Rawat and his wife. This is an unprecedented tragedy and our thoughts are with their family in this difficult time.  Heartfelt condolences also to all others who lost their lives. India stands united in this grief,” tweeted Mr Gandhi.