Naik B Sai Teja was the Personal Security Officer or (PSO) of General Rawat, a prestigious position that he bagged seven months ago.
Hailing from the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Lance Naik B Sai Teja, 27, joined the Indian Army in 2012. He is survived by his parents, wife, and two children- a three-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter, who reside in Kurabala Kota Mandal. Relatives of the family said Lance Naik Sai Teja last spoke to his wife, Shyamala, on Wednesday morning before boarding the flight with CDS Rawat and others. The Indian Air Force helicopter Mi 17 V5, which took off from Sulur airbase in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday afternoon, was on its way to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, just a few kilometers away from Coonoor where the helicopter crashed.