General Bipin Rawat Oversaw Surgical Strikes Against Pakistan, Myanmar

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General Rawat came from a military family with several generations having served in the forces

New Delhi:

General Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, was killed along with 12 others in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu today. One survivor is being treated for his injuries.

General Bipin Rawat, 63, was Army chief when India carried out airstrikes targeting a Jaish-e-Mohammad terror training centre in Pakistan’s Balakot in 2019, days after over 40 soldiers were killed in a terror attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.

General Rawat also supervised a cross-border counter-insurgency operation in neighbouring Myanmar.

He was Vice Chief of Army Staff when India carried out a surgical strike across the Line of Control in September 2016, in retaliation against a terror strike on an army camp in Uri in which 19 soldiers were killed. Three months later, he took over as Army Chief.

General Rawat came from a military family with several generations having served in the armed forces.

He joined the army as a second lieutenant in 1978 and had four decades of service behind him, having commanded forces in Kashmir and along the Line of Actual Control bordering China.

General Rawat was Army Chief from 2017 to 2019 before his elevation as Chief of Defence Staff, a post established in 2019 to improve integration between the army, navy and air force.

In his career spanning four decades, General Rawat served in combat areas, and at various functional levels in the Army, according to former chiefs.

He had survived a helicopter crash six years ago, in 2015, when he was Lieutenant General.

On February 3, 2015, the Cheetah helicopter he was flying in crashed moments after take-off in Nagaland. All on board suffered minor injuries at the time.



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