The health condition of Group Captain Varun Singh continues to be critical but he is stable, Indian Air Force (IAF) officials said. He is the lone survivor in the December 8 helicopter crash in which CDS General Bipin Rawat and 12 others lost their lives in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor.
Group Captain Singh is undergoing treatment at Command Hospital in Bengaluru. His father, Colonel KP Singh (retired), who lives in Bhopal, said his son’s health condition is fluctuating but believed that he would win the battle as he is a “fighter”.
CDS Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 armed forces personnel were killed in the Mi-17V5 helicopter crash in Coonoor on Wednesday. Group Captain Singh, a decorated officer, was on board the Russian-made chopper as the liaison officer for the visit of General Rawat to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington.
Talking to PTI over the phone from Bengaluru, Colonel KP Singh (retired), who retired some ten years ago, said, “There is so much of fluctuation that how (my son is) cannot be defined.” He added that his son’s health is being monitored every hour.
“In the hourly monitoring, there are rises and falls. You cannot say. Everyone is discussing. We are in the best hands. He is in the best hands, rather,” the retired Army officer added.
“The best medical facility, the best experts are treating him. Prayer of the whole country is there. I am emotionally moved as a lot of people who don’t know him or are retired or serving have come to meet. Even ladies are coming saying they want to see him (Varun). That is the kind of love and affection one has got,” he stated.
“He will come out victorious. He is a fighter. He will come out…He will come out,” he further said.
On August 15 this year, Group Captain Singh was bestowed with the Shaurya Chakra for his valiant efforts in preventing a possible mid-air accident last year after his Tejas light combat aircraft was hit by a technical issue.
On Thursday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had said in the Lok Sabha that all efforts were being made to save the officer, who was then on life support at the military hospital in Wellington after he was admitted there with severe burn injuries which he sustained due to the chopper crash.
Initially, Group Captain Singh was shifted to Sulur in an ambulance by road and then he was airlifted to Bengaluru for higher treatment.
(With inputs from PTI)