The last rites of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, and his wife Madhulika Rawat were performed with full military honours at the Brar Square crematorium at Delhi Cantonment today.
The Chief of Defence Staff was accorded a sombre 17-gun salute in presence of about 800 service personnel who took part in the cremation ceremony.
Kritika and Tarini Rawat, daughters of CDS General Bipin Rawat and Madhulika Rawat, paid their last tributes to their parents today.
Several people joined the funeral procession with chants of ‘Vande Mataram’ as it proceeded towards the crematorium.
While the cortege of the CDS was proceeding towards Brar Square crematorium, the citizens were seen chanting “Jab tak suraj chaand rahega, Bipin ji ka naam rahega”.
People were seen along the sides of the road with banners and national flags while the cortege made its way.
Meanwhile, Union Ministers Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman, Mansukh Mandaviya, Smriti Irani, Narendra Singh Tomar and Sarbananda Sonowal had, earlier in the day, reached the residence of General Bipin Rawat to pay their last respects.
Besides the Union Ministers, several political leaders such as–Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge and Harish Singh Rawat, BJP chief JP Nadda and DMK leaders A Raja and Kanimozhi, among others, laid a wreath on the mortal remains of the CDS and his wife.
Sadly, mortal remains of only three persons — General Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and Brigadier Lidder — had been positively identified so far.
Brigadier Lidder was cremated with military honours earlier in the day.