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CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, Wife Cremated at Brar Square With Military Honours

Brigadier LS Lidder, who also lost his life in the chopper crash, was cremated earlier in the day.

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Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat were cremated by their daughters after they were accorded full military honours at Delhi Cantonment's Brar Square crematorium on Friday, 10 December.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and a number of others paid tribute to the deceased at Brar Square.

Scores of political leaders including Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, and MK Stalin paid respects on Friday at Rawat's residence, where his mortal remains were kept before the funeral

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and National Security Advisory had paid tribute to CDS Rawat and the 12 other deceased on Thursday, at the Palam Airbase in Delhi, where the mortal remains of the deceased had been airlifted from Sulur. They had also met the family members of the deceased.

Earlier on Friday, Brigadier LS Lidder was cremated with full military honours at Brar Square. Lidder was the defence assistant to late General Rawat.

An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, which was carrying CDS General Rawat, crashed in Tamil Nadu's Coonoor on Wednesday, 8 December, leading to the unexpected demise of Rawat, his wife, and 11 other officials.

The lone survivor of the crash, Group Captain Varun Singh, remains in a critical condition and is under treatment at Command Hospital in Bengaluru.

"Varun has suffered 95 percent burns and there are several complications. His BP is fluctuating and it is a battle every minute," his father, retired Colonel KP Singh, told The Quint.

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