Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh passes away
new delhi — Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, who was on Saturday admitted to Army Hospital after a suspected heart attack, has passed away at 7.47pm, a defence official said. He was 98.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the three service chiefs had earlier visited the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where he was undergoing treatment. Appointed Chief of Air Staff on August 1, 1964, Arjan Singh led the Indian Air Force effectively in the 1965 war with Pakistan, leading the air operations that pushed back the enemy offensive. He retired in 1969.
In recognition of his services, he was conferred the rank of Marshal of the Air Force in 2002, making him the first and the only 5-star rank officer with the IAF. —