Prominent leaders of the nation also paid respects to the air veteran praising him for his immense contribution to the armed forces. Tributes were paid to him by the president, Ram Nath Kovind, defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, army chief general, Bipin Rawat and navy chief admiral, Sunil Lanba at Singh’s residence.
Vice-president, M Venkaiah Naidu, veteran BJP leader LK Advani, Congress president, Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi too condoled the demise of the air warrior.
The last rites of Singh would be performed at Brar Square at 10 am.
“As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, a state funeral will be accorded and national flag will fly half-mast on the day of the funeral in Delhi at all buildings where it is flown regularly,” a home ministry spokesperson said.
Singh’s mortal remains will be taken to the funeral site in a gun carriage procession and a gun salute will be given. A fly past will also be organised before the final rites.
Arjan Singh was the hero of the 1965 India-Pakistan war. He was the only Air Force officer to be promoted to five-star rank. He died here on Saturday at the age of 98.
Air Chief BS Dhanoa termed the late Marshal of the Indian Air Force as a legend, philanthropist and a flying chief who led from the front.