Social activist Viral Desai, popularly known as "Greenman" paid a unique tribute to CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife, and 11 others who lost their lives in the Tamil Nadu IAF helicopter crash. On December 11, Desai planted 13 trees in the Urban Forest Shahid Smriti van developed by Hearts at Work Foundation near Udhna railway station, Surat. The RPF Jawans also participated and accorded a salute to the first CDS.
Owing to the death of Chief Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika's ashes were collected by their daughters Kritika and Tarini on December 11. Reportedly, the ashes will be immersed in Uttarakhand's Haridwar, collected from the Bar Square crematorium in Delhi. Earlier on December 8, Rawat, his wife along with 11 others had lost their lives in a military helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu.
Indian Air Force on December 9, retrieved critical equipment of the Mi-17V5 helicopter that crashed in Tamil Nadu on December 8. The Flight Data Recorder and the Cockpit Voice Recorder of the chopper have been recovered. CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others lost their lives in the military helicopter crash. Rajnath Singh stated that the inquiry of the case will be led by Air Marshal Manavendra Singh.
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin paid a floral tribute on December 9, to Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and others who died in the chopper crash, at Madras Regimental Centre. Those who died in military helicopter crash were brought to Madras Regimental Centre on December 8 from Military Hospital. General Rawat, his wife and 11 others were travelling from Sulur to Wellington when the chopper crashed.
Tamil Nadu's Forensic Science Department, headed by Director Srinivasan's team reached the chopper crash site on December 9. CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others were killed on December 8, in an IAF Mi-17V5 chopper crash in Tamil Nadu. Earlier in the day, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari reached the chopper crash site along with DGP C Sylendra Babu. An order has been given for the matter's inquiry.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 9, wished Congress President Sonia Gandhi on her birthday. "Best wishes to Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji on her birthday. Praying for her long life and good health," PM Modi tweeted. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also extended his birthday wishes. However, Congress President appealed to party workers not to celebrate her birthday following the sudden demise of CDS General Bipin Rawat in a chopper crash.
Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari reached the chopper crash site near Coonoor in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu on December 9, along with DGP C Sylendra Babu. In the Mi-17V5 helicopter crash, 13 people including Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat lost their lives on December 8. An order has been given by IAF for inquiry in the case.