“I’m deeply shocked and saddened,” Momen said in a condolence message forwarded to his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar.
On behalf of the government of Bangladesh and on his own behalf, the foreign minister conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family members of General Rawat and other deceased, and the people of India.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and their near and dear ones. May they have the strength to bear with the irreparable losses,” the message reads.
Bipin Rawat, 63, was appointed as India’s first chief of defence staff in January 2019.
General Rawat has had a chequered career in the armed forces spanning over 40 years, rising from the rank of a junior commissioned officer to the Indian Army chief and eventually the first head of the tri-services – the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force.