Defense Minister Rajnath Singh to brief Houses on IAF chopper crash today

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address both Houses (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha)  of Parliament today about the chopper tragedy in Tamil Nadu that killed 13 people, including Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat. According to an official release from the Defense Ministry, the minister will make a statement in the Rajya Sabha at 11.30 a.m. and in the Lok Sabha at 12.15 p.m.

General Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and 11 others on board the IAF Mi-17V5 chopper were killed, according to the Indian Air Force.  When his chopper crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, General Rawat, India's first CDS, was on his way to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington to address the professors and student officers of the Staff Course.

On December 31, 2019, General Rawat was named India's first Chief of Defense Staff. From January 2017 to December 2019, he was the Chief of the Army Staff. In December 1978, he was commissioned into the Indian Army. CDS Rawat served in the most challenging terrains, including Northern and Eastern commands, as a counterinsurgency veteran.

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