Captain declares threeday state mourning
CHANDIGARH: Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder has expressed grief over the death of Marshal Arjan Singh, and declared a three-day state mourning as a mark of respect to the gallant officer.
There would be no official celebrations and the national flag would fly at half-mast in all the government buildings during these three days, an official spokesperson said.
In his condolence message, the CM said Arjan Singh’s contribution to the nation would remain etched in history. In his death, India has lost a great son of the soil, who always remained at the forefront to defend the country’s borders from the external invasions on the one hand and to uphold the supreme traditions and glory of the armed forces on the other. His contribution to the air force during World War-II and during the 1965 IndoPak war was unparalleled, he added.
The CM recalled that Singh had the distinction of becoming the only living five-star military officer, besides being the first air chief marshal of the Indian Air Force.