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With 17-gun salute, fly past, India bids adieu to war hero Arjan Singh

Indian Air Force (IAF), Arjan Singh was given full state honours in New Delhi on Monday.

Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force (IAF), died on Saturday at the age of 98.

He was the only officer of the IAF to be promoted to the five-star rank.

An icon of the Indian military history, Singh had led a young IAF into the war in 1965 when he was hardly 44 years of age.

With the birth of the Indian Air Force (IAF) shortly after independence, Arjan Singh rose up the ranks quickly and became Air Force Chief in 1964, at the age of just 45.

In 2002, Arjan Singh was appointed India’s first Marshal of the Indian Air Force.

The last rites of Singh, who died after a cardiac arrest at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital, was performed at Brar Square in the national capital.

17-gun salute was given as a part of full state honour and flypast was given to offer tributes to Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh at Delhi’s Brar Square.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman paid her tributes to Marshal of IAF, Arjan Singh.

Senior BJP leader LK Advani, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, IAF Chief BS Dhanoa and Chief of Naval staff Sunil Lanba also paid their tributes to Marshal of Air Force.

The national flag will fly at half-mast at all government buildings in Delhi on Monday in the honour of the veteran.

Wrapped in the tri-color, Arjan Singh’s body was brought to the Delhi Cantonment from his residence in a gun carriage decorated with flowers – a journey of 8 km.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited his home on Sunday and extended condolences to his family.


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