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Punjab’s Naik Gursewak Singh loses life in Tamil Nadu helicopter crash

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An IAF helicopter crashed in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, leaving 13 people on board, dead. India’s first Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat lost their lives.

From Punjab, Naik Gursewak Singh of Dode Sodhian village in Tarn Taran also died in the helicopter crash. According to the reports, 35-year-old Naik Gursewak Singh was serving with General Bipin Rawat for the past three years.

Gursewak is survived by his father, wife, two daughters and a son. His father worked as a daily wage worker. Gursewak had rejoined the duty two weeks ago as he was on a leave.

Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh was also on board with General Bipin Rawat. He belonged to 11 Gorkha Rifles, the same regiment as that of Gen Rawat. Harjinder Singh had worked in different operations including deployment on the Siachen Glacier. He had also worked in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission. Lt Col Harjinder Singh originally belonged to Lucknow. Later, his family settled in New Delhi.

Those who died in the Tamil Nadu IAF helicopter crash include

  • CDS General Bipin Rawat
  • Madhulika Rawat
  • Brigadier LS Lidder
  • Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh
  • NK Gursewak Singh
  • Wg Cdr PS Chauhan
  • Sqn Ldr K Singh
  • JWO Das
  • JWO Pradeep A
  • NK Jitender
  • L/NK Vivek
  • L/NK S Teja
  • Hav Satpal

Group Captain Varun Singh is the sole survivor of the Mi-17 chopper crash.

Also read: Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat dies after helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu

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