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The Indian Air Force on Wednesday confirmed that Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others died in a helicopter crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu.
“It is now confirmed with great regret that General Bipin Rawat, Mrs. Madhulika Rawat and 11 others have died in the unfortunate accident,” the Air Force said on its official Twitter handle.
The statement also informed that Group Captain Varun Singh was grievously injured in this accident and is currently undergoing treatment at Military Hospital (Wellington).
In conversation with senior journalist Manoj Joshi, The Wire’s senior editor Arfa Khanum Sherwani discussed several matters related to the role of the Chief of Defence Staff in the country.