Indian Defense Minister Bipin Rawat, 63, was laid to rest with full military honors on Friday. General Bipin and his wife Madhulika were lying side by side in the same cheetah. They were paid their last respects through 18 artillery shells. According to Indian media G News, Rawat and his wife were cremated by their daughters Krittika and Tarini.
Last Wednesday, 13 people, including his wife General Rawat, were killed in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu. The bodies of General Rawat and his wife arrived in Delhi from Tamil Nadu on Thursday. That night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and three army chiefs paid their last respects to him.
The bodies of General Rawat and his wife were taken to Brar Square from the residence. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval visited Brar Square. After that, family members, politicians and common people paid their respects there.
According to Indian media, a committee has been formed to investigate the helicopter crash. Blackboxes were also recovered from the scene. An investigation has also been launched into whether there was any conspiracy or sabotage behind the incident. Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh made the statement in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.
Witnesses claimed that Rawat’s helicopter was flying low just before the crash. Many people think that the accident may have happened due to the loss of direction due to fog.