Air Marshal Arjan Singh critically ill

| India | 16 Sept 2017 | Asia Samachar

Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and India’s oldest five-star ranked air force officer, has been hospitalised and is said to be in critical condition.

A tweet by the Indian Air Force today said he was ‘critically ill’ and was admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral hospital in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa were among the top Indian politician to have paid him a visit.

Arjan, famous for his role in the 1965 India-Pakistan war, is the officer of the IAF to be promoted to five-star rank.

On his 97th birthday last year, IAF had renamed the Panagarh airbase in West Begal after Arjan.

He served as chief of air staff till July 15, 1969. After retirement, he was envoy to Switzerland and Kenya and lt governor of Delhi. He was made marshal of air force in January 2002.

Arjan was one of the Indians who met President Barrack Obama when he visited to India in 2015.

President Obama greets Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force, at the At Home Reception on the Central Lawn of Mughal Garden in New Delhi in 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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