NEW DELHI, 27 JUNE: Twenty bravehearts, who died in Tuesday’s chopper crash while rescuing stranded people in the flood-ravaged areas of Uttarakhand, will be given a ‘guard of honour’ ~ a ceremonial mark of respect ~ by the government tomorrow in Dehradun. “20 people belonging to the National Disaster Response Force (nine), Indo Tibetan Border Police (six) and five from the Indian Air Force will be given the guard of honour tomorrow at 12.30 p.m. in Dehradun,” Vice-Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) M Shashidhar Reddy told reporters here. Mr Reddy said he would be accompanying Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to Dehradun to pay homage to the brave personnel who laid down their lives for the nation. A sophisticated Mi-17V5 helicopter, belonging to the IAF, had crashed in bad weather during a rescue mission in the flood-ravaged hill state. Bodies of all 20 personnel, on board the ill-fated chopper, have been recovered. He said, so far over one lakh have been evacuated from different areas of the state.
Meanwhile, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Bhopal today said an honorarium of Rs 10 lakh each would be paid to the families of the 20 personnel and crew of the IAF killed in the helicopter crash during the rescue operations in Uttarakhand. pti