In a tragic incident, the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, his wife, and 11 others were killed in a helicopter crash, on Wednesday,
the Indian Air Force said.
The copter carrying Rawat and his entourage crashed in apparently foggy conditions, killing the 13 people on board,
the IAF and other officials said. However, one person survived the crash and is being treated at a hospital.
“With deep regret, it has
now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident,” the IAF said in a tweet.
Here are several facts about General Bipin Rawat’s life:
Born in Pauri, Uttarakhand on March 16, 1958, Rawat went to Cambrian
Hall School, Dehradun and St. Edwards School, Shimla. Later on, Rawat attended the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla.
also awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’ at Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.
Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut awarded
him with a Doctorate of Philosophy for his research on military media strategic studies.
Rawat also received the Param Vishisht Seva Medal
and Uttam Yudh Seva Medal for his services in the Indian Army.
Rawat is credited for reducing militancy in the Northeast States and he was
part of the planning of the surgical strike that took place in 2016.
Internationally, Rawat was part of several bilateral visits to countries
like Myanmar, the United States, Russia, Bhutan and Nepal.
Rawat had survived a helicopter crash in 2015, a few minutes after it took off from
Bipin Rawat is also an honorary General in the Nepalese Army.
Rawat assumed the Army Chief position on September 27, 2016, and served for over three years. He was given the position of Chief of Defence Staff, on December 30, 2019, a day before his retirement.
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