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Helicopter carrying India Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, wife crashes in Tamil Nadu

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A helicopter carrying India’s foremost military officer, Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, crashed near Ooty in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. Details of the injured and of any possible casualties are awaited.

Sources said that at least three injured people from the crash have been taken to a nearby hospital, but their identities are not confirmed yet.

According to sources, Rawat’s staff and some family members were also on board in a Mi-series helicopter.

Rawat is the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff appointed on January 1, 2020. He was appointed the head of the newly created Department of Military Affairs in one of the most significant reorganization in Defence Ministry in decades.

He had served as the Chief of the Army for three years before taking over as the CDS.

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