Indian cricketers express grief over CDS General Bipin Rawat’s demise
By SMCS - Dec 8, 2021 8:30 pm
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In a sudden accident, India’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, has passed away on Wednesday (December 8). He has met with a helicopter crash in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The IAF has shared that General Bipin Rawat was with his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons as well and all have lost their lives in the accident.

Bipin Rawat

However, General Rawat was India’s first chief of defence staff, a position that the government has established in 2019. The former Army Chief, Bipin Rawat was also the head of the newly-made Department of Military Affairs as well. However, the veteran was travelling with his wife and other senior officers in the Russian-made Mi-17 chopper, which unfortunately crashed near its destination in Tamil Nadu.

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“Gen Bipin Rawat was on a visit to Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (Nilgiri Hills) to address the faculty and student officers of the staff course today,” the Indian Air Force (IAF) tweeted. “Around noon, an IAF Mi-17 V5 helicopter with a crew of four members carrying the CDS and nine other passengers met with a tragic accident near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu,” the statement further said.


“Gp Capt Varun Singh SC, Directing Staff at DSSC with injuries is currently under treatment at Military Hospital, Wellington,” IAF further tweeted.

As soon as the news came out, the Indian cricket fraternity shared their grief on social media. Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli among others took to Twitter and expressed their heartfelt tribute to General Bipin Rawat and other departed souls as well.