Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh will get state funeral tomorrow

17 September, New Delhi

 

Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh will be accorded state funeral in New Delhi tomorrow.The last rites of Arjan Singh will be performed at Brar Square at Delhi Cant. The mortal remains will be conveyed to the funeral site from his residence starting at 08:15 AM in a gun carriage procession.

Arjan Sing will be accorded Gun salute and a fly past will be organised before the final rites. The national flag will fly at half mast in all government buildings in the national capital tomorrow. Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh passed away yesterday evening after a heart attack in New Delhi. He was 98.

The mortal remains of the Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh lie in state today at his residence on Kautilya Marg in New Delhi to enable people to pay their respects. The President Ram Nath Kovind, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on behalf of the Prime Minister and Defence Ministry, Chiefs of the three Services, Minister of State for Urban Development and other dignitaries paid their respects.

President Ram Nath Kovind also wrote to Arjan Singh’s son Arvind Singh conveying his condolences. He said, for generations of our fellow citizens, Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh has remained a living legend.Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has expressed his grief over the passing away of the Marshal of Indian Air Force, Arjan Singh.

In a message, Naidu said, the Marshal was famous for his role in the 1965 India-Pakistan war and an icon of the Indian military history.He added, in 2016, the Indian Air Force named its Panagarh, West Bengal, air base after Arjan Singh on the occasion of his birth anniversary. Vice President said, he was the only living officer to have a base named after him.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh at his residence this evening in New Delhi. Arjan Singh passed away yesterday after a heart attack in New Delhi. He was 98.

Born on 15th of April, 1919,Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh was entrusted with the responsibility of leading the Force when he was only 44 years old. He was the Chief of the Air Force during Indo-Pak war in 1965. When Pakistan launched Operation Grand Slam, targeting the vital town of Akhnur, Singh was asked how quickly the IAF will be ready for operations,he replied with his characteristic nonchalance,”…in an hour”. And true to his word, the Air Force struck the Pakistani offensive in an hour. Arjan Singh was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his leadership in this war. During his tenure , Indian Air Force acquired modern fighters, reconnaissance aircraft, transport planes and tactical helicopters.

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