Marshal of Indian Air Force, Arjan Singh passed away on Saturday. The country on Monday, bid adieu to the war hero in Delhi.
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Amidst chants of hymns at Brar Square in Delhi Cantonment, Arjan Singh was given the final goodbye. The war hero received a 17 gun salute amidst the presence of the top brass of politics and defence forces.
IAF Sukhoi-30 fighter jets, in a ‘missing man formation’ carried out a fly past as Singh’s body consigned to flames.
Arjan Singh, who was the first and only Marshal of the Indian Air Force was also a war hero of the 1965 Indo-Pak war. He commanded the Indian Air Force (IAF) during the war. The flags were at half-mast at all government buildings in New Delhi.
Singh became the first Indian Air Force officer to be promoted to the post of Air Chief Marshal of the IAF in 1966. He also served as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi from 1989 to 1990. In 2002, he was promoted to a five-star rank – to the post of Marshal of the Indian Air Force becoming the first and only officer to be given this honour till date. He was also given the Padma Vibhushan award.
Early morning on September 16, 2017, Singh suffered a massive cardiac arrest at his New Delhi residence. Later at 7:47 p.m. he passed away.
Singh, at the age of 96 in 2015, laid a wreath at the base of the coffin carrying the mortal remains former people’s President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Singh was active till his last breath.
India, salutes the hero who gave so many years of his life in service of the nation. The Indian Air Force base at Panagarh in West Bengal will be named after him and will be called Air Force Station Arjan Singh. This was announced on April 14, 2016 by Chief Of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal, Anup Raha to mark Singh’s 97th birthday.