Last rites of Brigadier Lidder performed with full military honours

New-Delhi: The last rites of Defence Adviser to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, Brigadier Lakhbinder Singh Lidder,who died in the military helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor, were performed with full military honours at Brar Square crematorium in Delhi Cantonment on Friday.

Brig Lidder is survived by his wife and daughter.

Meanwhile, CDS General Rawat will be cremated later in the day today with full military honours.

Other 10 defence forces personnel who died in the chopper crash are Staff Officer Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh, Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Chauhan, Squadron Leader Kuldeep Singh, Junior Warrant Officer Rana Pratap Das, Junior Warrant Officer Arakkal Pradeep, Havildar Satpal Rai, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitendra Kumar, Lance Naik Vivek Kumar and Lance Naik B Sai Teja.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid homage to Brig Lidder ahead of his funeral. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Army Chief General MM Naravane, Naval Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar, Air Chief Marshal AVR Chaudhari also paid tribute at the Brar Square Crematorium. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was also present on the occasion.

On Wednesday, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 members died in a helicopter air crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. The crash took place shortly after the Russian made Mi-17V-5 helicopter took off from the Sulur Air Base in Coimbatore. Brig Lidder was one of the 13 members who had lost their lives.

 

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