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Arjan Singh’s body taken for last rites

The mortal remains of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh was on Monday taken to Brar Square here in a gun carriage for the last rites ceremony.

The cortege with Arjan Singh’s body wrapped in the flag left his 7, Kautilya Marg residence at 8.30 a.m. It was decorated with marigold flowers.

Singh’s last journey of 8 km was accompanied with an Air Force band.

The rites would be performed at Brar Square in the Delhi Cantonment area at 10 a.m.

He will be accorded a state funeral and the national flag will fly at half-mast. A gun salute would also be given.

Arjan Singh was the first five star officer of the IAF and was for a long time the only living five star officer.

Arjan Singh, who led the air operations in the 1965 war with Pakistan, died at the Army Research and Referral Hospital here on Saturday. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 98.