Uttarakhand: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shocked at deaths in helicopter crash

Uttarakhand: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shocked at deaths in helicopter crash
New Delhi Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday expressed shock at the loss of lives in a helicopter crash during relief operations in flood-hit Uttarakhand.

"This accident during relief operations has come as a huge shock to me. My heart goes out to the families of those who have lost their lives. The nation mourns with me the loss of our heroes whose selfless work has saved thousands of lives," Mr Singh said.

"Our forces are conducting a heroic task in rescue and relief work in Uttarakhand. ... Continuing their work would be the best homage to them," he added.

Eight people, including Air Force and para-military personnel, died when an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter crashed near Gaurikund in Uttarakhand during rescue operations.

Story First Published: June 25, 2013 20:52 IST

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