The Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, who passed away on Saturday, was accorded a state funeral in New Delhi’s Brar Square on Monday. The national flag flew at half-mast at all government buildings in his honour.
The IAF Marshal passed away after suffering a cardiac attack at the Army's Research and Referral Hospital on Saturday. He was 98.
“As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, a state funeral will be accorded and national flag will fly half-mast on the day of the funeral (September 18) in Delhi at all buildings where it is flown regularly,” a Home Ministry spokesperson said on Sunday.
The Defence Ministry on Sunday said Singh’s mortal remains will be taken to the funeral site from his residence in a gun carriage procession on Monday.
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#9:20 AM: Former PM Manmohan Singh lays wreath & pays tributes to Marshal of Air Force #ArjanSingh, at his last rites ceremony.
#9:18 AM:Delhi: IAF Chief BS Dhanoa & Chief of Naval staff Sunil Lanba pay tributes at Marshal of Air Force #ArjanSingh's last rites ceremony.
#Chiefs of all three defence services and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman to be present during funeral
#Sukhoi to fly past at 10 AM in missing men formation, in accordance with IAF tradition
#MI 17 V 5 helicopter tirnage to follow with IAF flag
#Body of IAF Marshall to be brought to Brar Square at around 8:45 AM. Ritual ceremonies to begin around 9.30 AM.
#Sukhoi 30 and Mi 17 v5 to fly pass the ceremony
Arjan Singh, the hero of the 1965 India-Pakistan war and the only Air Force officer to be promoted to five-star rank, died in New Delhi on Saturday at the age of 98.
He was entrusted with the responsibility of leading the IAF when he was only 44 years old, a task he carried out with elan. He was the chief of the IAF when it found itself at the forefront of the 1965 conflict.
Singh, who had flown more than 60 different types of aircraft, had played a major role in transforming the IAF into one of the most potent air forces globally and the fourth biggest in the world.
Known as a man of few words, he was not only a fearless fighter pilot but had profound knowledge about air power which he applied in a wide spectrum of air operations. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour, in 1965.