Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh on Saturday was hospitalised as his condition was termed as critical. 98-year-old Singh is famous for his role in the the 1965 India- Pakistan war.
However, the controversial former army chief and now BJP minister, General VK Singh, tweeted announcing his death.
His condolence message said, “RIP, Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, DSC, you will be remembered by all. My salute to you.”
The BJP minister later deleted his tweet, but Twitteratis had enough time to slam him for his irresponsible social media post.
Gen VK Singh, who blundered on his own date of birth, now incorrectly announces demise of Marshal of the Air Arjan Singh, who's in hospital. pic.twitter.com/Wybgfei948
— Ajai Shukla (@ajaishukla) September 16, 2017
It seems General VK Singh wasn’t the only only to have announce the premature death of India’s war hero. Air Force Association of India too posted the news of his death.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Army’s Research and Referral hospital in Delhi, where Singh has been admitted.
“His condition is critical,” official sources said. He was only officer of the IAF to be promoted to five-star rank.
He was admitted to the hospital after he complained of uneasiness. An icon of the Indian military history, Singh had led a young IAF into the war in 1965 when he was hardly 44 years of age.
In 1965, when Pakistan had launched its Operation Grand Slam with an armoured thrust targeted at the vital town of Akhnoor, Singh led the Indian Air Force through the war with courage, determination and professional skill.
He inspired the IAF to victory, despite the constraints imposed on a full-scale use of air force combat power.