The nation’s oldest serving military officer, Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh, last rites ceremony was held at Brar Square in New Delhi today. Arjan Singh was the first five star officer of the IAF and was for a long time the only living five star officer.

The national flag will fly at half-mast at all government buildings in Delhi to honour the late military legend. A 17-gun salute was also accorded to honour the Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh, who passed away at the age of 98. 

Arjan Singh, who led the air operations in the 1965 war with Pakistan, died at the Army Research and Referral Hospital on Saturday. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The IAF officers sounded the bugle before the cremation at the Delhi Cantonment area.

Besides Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, IAF Chief BS Dhanoa, Chief of Naval staff Sunil Lanba, Army Chief Bipin Rawat, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior BJP leader LK Advani, and several former Service Chiefs, relatives, and friends were also present at the last rites ceremony.

The IAF’s Sukhoi-30 fighters in the ‘missing man’ formation along with the Mi-17V5 choppers in ‘insignia’ formation made the flypast paying their last respects to the national hero.

Arvind Singh, son of Arjan Singh lit the pyre after Sikh priests performed religious rituals.

“This is one of the most important ceremony of India in 70 years of Independence,” said Commander (Retd.) Sharan Ahuja while speaking to NewsX. 

LIVE updatesAir Force Marshal Arjan Singh’s last rites

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  • Gun salute accorded and fly past held at last rites ceremony of Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh.
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  • Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh pays tributes to Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh.

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  • Mortal remains of Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh being taken to Brar Square for the last rites ceremony.
  • Preparations underway for the last rites ceremony of Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh.

(With inputs from IANS)

First Published | 18 September 2017 8:34 AM
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