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PM Modi visits Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh

Ninety-eight-year-old Singh has been hospitalised and his condition is critical

Agencies  |  New Delhi 

Narendra Modi, Arjan Singh, IAF Marshal
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh during a visit to inquire about his health, at the R&R Hospital in New Delhi.

Marshal Arjan Singh, who led the India Air Force (IAF) during the 1965 India-Pakistan war, has been hospitalised and his condition is critical.

Ninety-eight-year-old Singh, the only officer of the to be promoted to five-star rank, equal to a field marshal in the Army, was admitted to the Army's Research and Referral hospital this morning after he suffered a cardiac arrest, the defence ministry said.

Prime Minister and Defence Minister visited Singh at the hospital.

"Went to R&R Hospital to see Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, who is critically ill. I also met his family members.

"We are all praying for the speedy recovery of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Doctors are doing their best," Modi said in a series of tweets.

Sitharaman expressed the hope that Singh will recover at the earliest, adding his condition was critical.

An icon in the country's military history, Singh had led a fledgeling in the 1965 Indo-Pak when he was just a 44-year-old.

As Pakistan had launched its Operation Grand Slam with an armoured thrust targeted at the vital town of Akhnoor in Jammu and Kashmir, Singh led the Indian Air Force through the war with courage, determination and professional skill.

He inspired the IAF, despite the constraints imposed on a full-scale use of air force combat power.

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First Published: Sat, September 16 2017. 20:21 IST