Bipin Rawat:  India's most senior defence official died in helicopter crash

General Bipin Rawat took over as the 1st Chief of Defence Staff on January 1, 2020 and headed the Dept. of military affairs in the defence ministry

He served as Army chief from December 31, 2016 to December 31, 2019 and was known as a jovial, straight-talking officer

Gen Rawat was born on 16 March 1958 in  Uttarakhand. His father was a lieutenant general  and his mother was the daughter of a politician.

Gen Rawat was awarded the "Sword of Honour" at the National Defence College and the Indian Military Academy during his training

He also did a training course with the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

He joined 11 Gorkha Rifles, in 1978 and served at many key posts in the army, specialising in high-altitude warfare and counter-insurgency operations.

In the 1980s, he commanded his battalion along the LOC in Arunachal Pradesh during a military stand-off with China. 

He was a recipient of the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishist Seva Medal, Yush Seva Medal, Seva Medal and many other awards

After his sad demise  President of India Ramnath Kovind tweeted that "The nation lost one of its bravest son"

In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that General Bipin Rawat was an outstanding soldier and a true patriot.