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Funeral procession of MIAF Arjan Singh begins

Funeral procession of MIAF Arjan Singh begins”

The last rites of Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh would be performed at Brar Square, Delhi on September 18.

The Defence Ministry said Singh's mortal remains will be taken to the funeral site from his residence in a gun carriage procession on Monday.

Flags were at half-mast at all government buildings in New Delhi. The Prime Minister, on his return from Gujarat, visited the war hero's resident and laid a wreath.

"My tributes to the fearless soldier who had a fighter's qualities of valour and courtesy".

Prime Minister Modi met Marshal Singh's family members and wrote a message in the condolence book at the Indian hero's residence. This was announced by SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar here on Sunday. PM Modi had said: "India will never forget the excellent leadership of Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh in 1965, when the IAF saw substantial action". "It was to his credit that despite initial setbacks, we were able to "overcome and overwhelm" the enemy and spoil their design to annex Jammu and Kashmir", Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa told reporters.

Former Indian Air Force (IAF) chiefs SP Tyagi, NC Suri and Anil Y Tipnis as well as several decorated officers who served under Arjan Singh during the 1965 war were also present. The other two were KM Cariappa and Sam Manekshaw, both field marshals of the Indian Army.

In praise of Arjan Singh, defence experts said that very few can equal him in stature and his contribution to the cause of the Defence force as well as the country.

Born on April 15 Apr, 1919, in what is now Pakistan's Faisalabad, Singh the Indian Air Force in 1938.

Singh kept his flying category even while he was the Chief of Air Staff, a distinctive quality that Dhanoa also alluded to. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour, in 1965.



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