Tamil Nadu police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) in the MI17 helicopter crash that resulted in the death of 13 armed forces personnel, including Chief Of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and 11 others.
The Nilgiris district police registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPc (Criminal Procedure Code). Sources in the Nilgiris district police said that DSP Muthumanickam was appointed as the investigating officer.
Police, according to the sources, have commenced an investigation and is deploying drone over the accident site near Kateri park area where the chopper crashed on December 8 killing country’s first CDS, General Bipin Rawat, and others.
Shops, hotels, and business establishments will remain shut on Friday in Ooty, the tourist destination of Tamil Nadu as a mark of respect to the departed soldiers and wife of General Rawat, Madhulika Rawat.
Meanwhile, the mortal remains of the departed soldiers were flown to New Delhi in an Air Force special craft AN 32. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and armed forces personnel will pay their last respects at the Air Force airport at Palam. The mortal remains are expected to reach New Delhi by 7.50 p.m.
The remains of only four people have been identified so far which include General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier SS Lidder and Lance Naik Vivek Kumar.