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IAF Chopper crash: Group Captain Varun Singh gets moving send-off today in Bhopal

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Group Captain Varun Singh, who succumbed on Wednesday to his injuries suffered in the chopper crash that killed Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and 12 others on December 8, was given a moving send-off in his hometown Bhopal today, on December 17.

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was among those who paid last respects to the Air Force officer at the Bairagarh crematorium in Bhopal. 

A recipient of Shaurya Chakra, Group Captain Singh, was the only person on board the chopper who could be rescued while 13 others, including Gen Rawat, died. The officer was under treatment at the Command Hospital in Bengaluru where he died on Wednesday, after he was shifted from Wellington in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor. He had been on life support, as per officials. His body was brought to Bhopal in a special plane on Thursday afternoon.

Sharing his condolences, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that Group Captain Singh “served the nation with pride, valour and utmost professionalism”. “His rich service to the nation will never be forgotten,” said PM Modi in a tweet.

Chief Minister Mr Chouhan has said that his government will give “Samman Nidhi” of ₹ 1 crore to the officer’s family.

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The 39-year-old officer was awarded Shaurya Chakra in August for his courageous handling of a Tejas aircraft when it developed a snag during a sortie. 

For the unversed, CDS Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others were among the other 13 who died in the chopper crash while flying from Sulur Air Base to Wellington. A top level inquiry has been initiated to ascertain the cause behind the crash of their Mi17V5 Air Force chopper.

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