Floral tributes paid to Rawat, others, mortal remains flown to New Delhi
Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin, and military personnel among others on Thursday paid floral tributes to Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and 12 others killed in an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter crash near here on December 8.
The final rites of the other personnel will also be conducted with appropriate military honours, he said.
On Thursday, Stalin, Soundararajan, state ministers, senior Army officials and its veterans laid wreaths and paid floral tributes to the mortal remains at the Madras Regimental Centre at Wellington near here. A Guard of Honour was also given to the departed.
The mortal remains of the crash victims in caskets wrapped in the Indian tricolour were brought to the venue earlier in decorated army trucks.
Stalin, seen wearing a black muffler, laid a wreath and paid floral tributes to General Rawat and others and later briefly spoke to the Army brass present there. His cabinet colleagues K N Nehru, M P Saminathan and K Ramachandran, senior state government and police officials and Army personnel among others also paid tributes to the crash victims.
General Rawat (63), his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others were killed in the helicopter crash near here on Wednesday. The bodies were later transported to the Sulur Air base at nearby Coimbatore through ambulances from where they were taken to the national capital.
The ambulances were showered with flowers and garlands by the waiting public.
Traffic movement was diverted to prevent any disruptions of ambulances carrying the 13 bodies.
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