Sikkim pays tribute to Gen Rawat

Gangtok: Sikkim paid tributes to late Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and 13 others following their tragic helicopter accident in Tamil Nadu on December 8. The tribute ceremony at MG Marg in the state capital was led by Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay and cabinet ministers.

The tribute was organized by Rajya Sainik Board Sikkim along with the state government, and saw the attendance of Secretary Rajya Sainik Board Retired Colonel DN Bhutia along with army veterans and jawans.

The Chief Minister garlanded the martyrs, while the Army paid their tributes with salute to late General Rawat.

Chief Minister Golay said, “The helicopter crash where CDS Bipin Rawat, his family and army personnel who lost their lives is an unfortunate incident. On behalf of Sikkimese people and the government, we pay our tributes to his immense contribution to the Indian Army, and also place our solidarity on the sad incident that took his and the lives of 13 others.”

Rajya Sainik Board secretary retired Colonel DN Bhutia stated, “This was an unfortunate incident for India since we lost one of the senior most army personnel in the accident along with 13 others. It is a big setback for the Indian army. We will always remember his contribution towards Sikkim Scouts, as he was one of the founding army personnel of Sikkim Scouts. The encouragement and guidance that he gave for the establishment of a separate scout battalion for Sikkim in the year 2013-14 will always be carried as his legacy by the Sikkim Scouts Battalion.”

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