Late Group Captain Varun Singh cremated in Bhopal with state, military honours

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Varun Singh, 39, who was honoured with Shaurya Chakra, hailed from Uttar Pradesh but his parents had settled in Bhopal.

Late Group Captain Varun Singh, who was the pilot of the chopper that crashed in Tamil Nadu on December 8, was cremated with full state and military honours in Bhopal on Friday at Bairagarh crematorium.

Singh was the lone survivor of the helicopter crash in which 13 people died including chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat. Singh succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment in a hospital in Bengaluru on Wednesday. He is survived by his parents, his wife, a son and a daughter.

Varun Singh, 39, who was honoured with Shaurya Chakra, hailed from Uttar Pradesh but his parents had settled in Bhopal.

The body of Singh was taken to crematorium ground from Military hospital in a decorated truck. Singh’s brother and son performed the last rites.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress also took part in the cremation.

Earlier, Chouhan said that in order to keep his memories intact, an institution or a building will be named after him by the state government in consultation with Singh’s family.

“An ex-gratia of 1 crore will be provided to his family. Along with this, a government job will be provided to a family member,” Chouhan added.

Singh’s mother, Uma Singh, said, “I am proud of my son, my daughter-in-law is a brave woman.”

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