Itanagar, May 5: The mortal remains of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who died in a helicopter crash on Saturday, was today flown to state capital Itanagar as a pall of gloom descended over the entire state following the shocking news.
An Mi17 chopper of the Indian Air Force flew the mortal remains of the 56-
The body was taken to the chief minister's official residence in a flower-
A complete spontaneous shutdown was observed across Arunachal, with all business establishments and educational institutions closed and commercial vehicles off the roads.
The body will be kept in the CM’s official residence till tomorrow, before it is flown back to Tawang for cremation at Khandu's native village there as per Buddhist rituals. The date of cremation is yet to be decided.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will fly to Itanagar to pay their last respects.
The state government has announced seven days mourning.
All Central Government offices in Arunachal Pradesh would remain closed tomorrow.
The national flag will fly at half-
Earlier, Khandu’s body was flown to Tawang early this morning by an IAF chopper after it was transferred to Luguthang helipad by ground search parties.
IAF spokesperson Wing Cdr Ranjib Sahoo told UNI from Shillong that Chettah helicopters were used to ferry the bodies from Luguthang to Tawang.
A trial landing by a Cheetah helicopter was carried out last afternoon at Luguthang helipad.
The body of Khandu was recovered yesterday near Luguthang, along with that of four
others who were flying with him in the ill-
The chopper, coming from Tawang to Itanagar, with Khandu on board had lost touch
with the air base twenty minutes after took-
Our Reporter in Tawang adds that entire Tawang descended at heliport and later at district hospital to have a last glimpse of their leader. Inconsolable citizens are yet to come to terms with the fact that their leader is dead. After the body was flown to Itanagar, there has been an absolute silence in the town.
Meanwhile, the body of Chief Minister’s security officer Dy SP Yeishi Chodak was identified by his friends and family members. His mortal remains was later handed over to his family members. His last rights would be carried out in Tawang tomorrow.
The charred bodies of the pilots could not be identified as both shared the same blood group. The bodies which were taken over by the army have been sent to Guwahati from where they would be sent back to their respective places after identification.
Efforts are on to retrieve the black box of the chopper.
ITANAGAR, May 5: Jarbom Gamlin was sworn-
Considered one of the closest confidantes of the Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, Gamlin was chosen after a marathon meeting which started at four this evening at the Congress Headquarters.
Legislators were interviewed individually by Union ministers BK Handique, V Narayansamy, Mukul Wasnik and Salman Khursheed, a source said. It is understood that of the 41 Congress MLAs, 29 of them said yes to the candidature of Gamlin as the Chief Minister.
Later, a single line resolution by the CLP was faxed to the All India Congress Committee president.
Briefing the media after the swearing in ceremony, new Chief Minister assured to fulfill the unfinished developmental activities carried out by the former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.
He further said that, enquiry committee would be constituted to unearth the chopper crash that claimed the lives of Khandu and four others.
Born on 18 April 1961, Gamlin represented the state as a Lok Sabha MP during 1999-
Alumni of St Stephen’s College and Goalpara Sainik School, he did his LLB from Delhi
University. He was also the president of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union from
A former Home Minister, Gamlin is widely regarded in the political circle as no sense and straight forward person who minces no words and stick to his decisions. Because of his outspoken personality, the new chief minister has often landed himself in controversy in the past.
ITANAGAR, May 5: Various organisations have condoled the death of Dorjee Khandu, the Late Chief Minister of Arunachal.
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee and Congress Legislature Party in a resolution at its condolence meeting held at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan today deeply mourned the sad demise of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and his security officer Yeshi Chodak, teacher Yeshi Lhamu and two pilots Captian T S Mallik and J S Babbar who lost their lives in tragic chopper mishap on April 30.
APCC in its condolence message said ‘his humble beginnings are perhaps the best example for the ideals he stood for himself in his hard work and dedication. Today, as we mourn his death, we must not think how he died, but how he lived. His life should be held a measure for the fortitude of the human spirit, he has given hope to every person of the state. He has shown us that with honesty, loyalty and commitment, one may achieve everything that the world offers,” the APCC said.
The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) organized a condolence meeting today at its headquarter Nefa Club Building and prayed for the eternal peace of Late Khandu’s soul and four others.
AAPSU fondly remembered his long association with the apex student body of the state and described the Late chief minister as a man of pleasant and accommodative nature.
“In spite of many disagreements over matter of policies, he was man of great audacity and never shut the door to the views and suggestion put forth by the student community of the state. He will also be remembered by the student community for bringing drastic education reform in the state, the man who gave us the “Historic Education Bill’’. His elderly guidance will be sorely missed in the days to come,” AAPSU said in a release. The union also prayed to almighty for giving strength to the bereaved family members.
“Late Khandu would be remembered for changing the face of Arunachal Pradesh by infusing massive developmental packages, the state had witnessed never before,” Nyishi Elite Society (NES) said.
It recalled the personal contribution of the late chief minister in changing of nomenclature-
The society feels that the pragmatic dream of the late chief minister to make Arunachal a peaceful and self reliant state should be carried forward by the new incumbent Chief Minister.
It will be very difficult to find a popular chief minister like Dorjee Khandu, who strived hard for all round development of the state, said Adi Baane Kebang while mourning the death of Khandu.
“He was a man of simplicity and commitment. He was also a man of vision and a good planner. He had a vision to see Arunachal Pradesh, the richest state in the country and he worked hard towards that goal. He also stood for the Peace and Unity of all tribes and communities in the State. Above all, he was a good human being,” said Galo Welfare Society (GWS).
The Apatani Socio-
“Dorjee Khandu was a man of political dexterity and administrative acumen. He always kept service before self and carved out a place for himself in public life.The void left behind by his demise cannot be filled. He made significant contributions to the State of Arunachal Pradesh in various capacities. In the death of CM, the State has lost a towering personality and visionary leader,” Rev. Dr. John Thomas said in his message.
The Theravada Buddhist Society, Capital Complex, Itanagar expressed shock and grief over the sudden and untimely demise of Khandu. The members of the society offered flowers, lit candle and prayed to Lord Buddha at the Theravada Buddhist Temple, Itanagar for the eternal peace of the departed soul of late Dorjee Khandu and all those who have lost their lives in the accident.
Expressing deep anguish over the death of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, Confederation
of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) in its condolence message said
Khandu was a messiah for Govt employees. Late Khandu was one of the most popular
and hard working chief ministers ever the entire north eastern state has produced,
the message said. The Federation also mourned the death of four others who were
on board in ill-
RWD, Tax and Excise Minister Kalikho Pul in his condolence message said, Arunachal has witnessed unprecedented development in all fronts under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu. He had many pragmatic visions for taking the state to new heights, the message read.
Dorjee Khandu was the most popular chief minister the state has ever seen, said WRD and Civil Aviation Minister Atum Welly in his condolence message. He has brought tremendous development in a very short span of time as chief minister, his good deeds, especially development works will be written in golden letters in the history of Arunachal Pradesh, Welly added. The minister also deeply mourned the death of Yashi Lhamu, Yashi Choddak and the pilots who lost their lives in chopper mishap.
Former Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Arvind Dave and former MLA Nani Ribia also deeply mourned the death of Khandu and conveyed deep sense of condolence to his bereaved family members.
The untimely demise of Khandu is an irreparable loss not only to the state but to the nation. He was the most dynamic and competent Chief Minister the state has ever seen, Roing MLA Laeta Umbrey said in his condolence message.
“His four years tenure was so remarkable and eventful that it surpasses all our past achievements put together.”
The Rajiv Gandhi University community including faculty members, officers and staff in a condolence meeting today mourned the death of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.
Khandu was a man of great vision who sacrificed his life for the all-
The officers and staff of the Arunachal Bhawan, Kolkata and the staff and officers of the Additional Resident Commissioners’ office Shillong also mourned the death of Khandu.
Khandu was the lion-
The members of Kargu Gamgi Itanagar organized a prayer cum condolence meet on the tragic death of Khandu. Khandu’s death is an irreparable loss to the state, they said and prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls.
The Government officers and officials, East Siang, East Kameng, Papum Pare, Lohit and Lower Subansiri district led by their respective deputy commissioners, deeply mourned the premature and unfortunate demise of Khandu and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Condolence meetings were also organized at Raga, Yachuli, ADCHqs, Yazali, Pisatana, Dollungmukh, and Kamporijo circle headquarters. Business establishments in the district also remained closed on the day to pay respect the late Chief Minister.
"I have lost a brother and a friend. Our Monpa feature film ‘Sonam’ would not have been possible without Khandu’s help, Ahsan Muzid, the director the film Sonam, said.
Muzid, on behalf of the unit of the ‘Sonam’ condoled the tragic death of Khandu and prayed for his eternal peace.
Our beloved CM left behind a saga of dedication and vision. No wonder he can be rightly called the flag bearer of humanity, selflessness and compassion,” said ATA unit of Tawang. People like them never die, they simply fade away, the ATA unit said and prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh today mourned the death of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.
Dorjee Khandu was a staunch nationalist, simple and straightforward leader, the BJP said in its condolence message. He was a performing leader with effective management capabilities. His untiring services rendered to the people of the state will be remembered for ever, the party added.
Bharatiya Janata Party North East organizational in-
The Chakma and Hajong refugees in the state also expressed deep sorrow at the sudden and untimely demise of their beloved Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, and prayed to Lord Buddha to bestow peace and solace to the departed soul and courage and patience to the bereaved family members.
The office bearers of Block Congress Committees (BCC) of Basar and Pasighat also organised condolence meetings to pay last salute and pray for the eternal peace of the departed soul of the late Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, panchayat leaders, Govt officers and general public and NGO representative of Sagalee area, the heads of the department and staff of DC office, Yupia all the Govt employees, panchayat leaders of Bordumsa area, Govt staff of various departments of Doimukh circle, Govt employees of Public Works Departed led by PWD Minister Nabam Tuki also deeply mourned the untimely death of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in their respective areas.
Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission, Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers’
Association (APCTA), Ramakrishna Mission Hospital fraternity, Naharlagun Kristi Kendra,
All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labour’s Union, members of Arunachal
Pradesh Civil Secretarial Employees Association (APSEA), Donyi-
All Arunachal Pradesh Student's Association of Aurangabad, Maharashtra, All Papu
Valley Women Welfare Society, All Idu Mishmi Students Union, VKV Alumni Association,
Arunachal Pradesh, Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society, All Arunachal Pradesh
Workers Union, the Apatani Career Guidance Forum, Arunachal Pradesh Finance & Accounts
Service Association, Arunachal Shiksha Vikas Samity, North-
New Delhi, May 5: President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Vice-
In a resolution condoling the death, the Union Cabinet on Thursday lauded Khandu's "visionary leadership."
"The fact that several sectors such as hydro-
The PM, who along with Congress president Sonia Gandhi will go to Arunachal on Friday to pay homage to Khandu, said the CM worked tirelessly to promote his state's interests.
In his condolence message to the late leader''s wife Rinchin Drema, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said that in Khandu''s passing away, Arunachal Pradesh and the country have lost an experienced and able leader, who spent long years in dedicated public service.
He worked for Arunachal Pradesh''s development with dynamism and energy, while holding a number of Cabinet positions in the State Government notably as the Minister of Power," he added.
In her condolence message, the President Pratibha Devisingh Patil said that she is deeply saddened by the untimely and tragic death of Khandu. The President further said, “I shall always remember him for his warmth hospitality and the welcome he extended to me. He shall always be remembered for his commitment to the upliftment and welfare of the people of Arunachal Pradesh”.
Vice President Ansari in his condolence message said that Khandu believed that the real well being of a society cannot be measured by material development alone, but by the human development of its people.
"His ''People First'' policy focused on education and health sectors and designed to bring about equitable distribution of the fruits of development. I fondly remember my visit to the state in November 2008 and personally witnessed the tremendous affection and good will that Khandu enjoyed. He will always be remembered for his dedication and public service," he added.
Union Rural Development Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh conveying his condolences said"During
my interactions with him, I was particularly impressed by his path-
ITANAGAR, May 5: Naharlagun C -
In another match of the day, BTJ Sports Club defeated Chandranagar FC 3-
1. Youth United vs
Zing Urban Football Club
2. S.D United vs
Senki Valley Sport Club
Sensitization prog for artisans
ITANAGAR, May 5: East Siang District Industries Centre conducted a two days sensitization programme on aggressive development and promotion of NER crafts (IGS) at Mebo on April three and four.
The main objective of the programme was to develop entire North East as a unified cluster and centre for excellence and it was sponsored by the National Centre for Design and Product Development, New Delhi. Experts from Bamboo and Cane Development Institute, Agartala, Dr Abhinav Kant and Dr Ram Pandey were the resource persons in the programme which was participated by prospective entrepreneurs and local artisans. Earlier, Mebo ADC O Dai inaugurated the programme on April 3.
APCC thank all
ITANAGAR, May 5: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee today expressed its gratitude to AICC president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for deputing Union Ministers B K Handique, Mukut Wasnik and V Narayansamy for closely monitoring the search and rescue operation of missing chopper of chief minister Dorjee Khandu. The Congress also conveyed its gratitude to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and external affairs minister S M Krishna, CWC member Dr (Col) Dhaniram Shandil, AICC secretary Sanjay Bapna for their cooperation and guidance during the hours of need. The APCC further expressed its thankfulness to Indian Army, SSB, ITBP, ISRO and Air Force, state police, Bhutan Govt, Tawang and West Kameng district administration and above all the villagers, students and ASM Thupten, who located the crash site, for their untiring and relentless efforts to find out the missing chopper.
NESO, ACCI propose
ITANAGAR, May 5: The North East Students Union General Secretary has said that the
next representative of Jung Mukto constituency should be given a ministerial berth.
The least the government could do as a mark of respect to the Late Chief Minister
is to give a ministerial position to the next representative, said general secretary
of the NESO Gumjum Haider in a statement. Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries
said that upcoming Green Field Airport be named after Late Chief Minister Dorjee
Khandu. He has been sincerely pursuing for early construction of the airport to put
One arrested in rape case
ITANAGAR: A six-
According to an FIR lodged in Kanubari police station, the accused (24 years) appeared in the police colony at around 6.30 pm, lured the baby with two packets of chips and picked her up. After committing the heinous crime, he dropped her back at police colony at around 7.30. However, sensing trouble, the accused ran away from his native village immediately.
Acting on a tip off the Police team of Kanabari P S conducted search operation and arrested him in the wee hours of May 4. The accused was produced before the first class judicial magistrate Kanubari today and the court remanded him to 14 days judicial custody.
The parents of the victim also apprised the Women Commission of the incident for necessary action.
‘Cancel Pawns Hans service’
ITANAGAR: Expressing serious concern over the repeated incidents of chopper crash in Arunachal Pradesh, Arunachal Public Motor Transport Federation has demanded the state Govt to cancel the MoU signed with Pawan Hans helicopter Limited and investigate into the chopper crash in Luguthang near Sela Pass which claimed lives of chief minister Dorjee Khandu and four others.
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Connectivity key to avoid 1962 like situation
After the last Chinese Aggression of 1962, Late Chief Minister of Assam, Bimala Prasad Chaliha sponsored a Goodwill team in 1963 and also a Health team in 1964 to Arunachal Pradesh, then NEFA. I was lucky to lead the team of All Guwahati Students Union to Pasighat and Medical College students to Zero. We had tracked from Pasighat to a remote village, Yagrung and also to some nearby areas. We were told by our guide that the 12 mile track that we were passing through was in fact a 22 wide motorable road in the map!
I went to Tawang in 2001 on a holiday from Tezpur and had to stay overnight at Bomdila
on a two-
Today my heart shed tears in quiet when the news flashed in the TV screen that the body of the Chief Minister was finally found after five days of search at a height of 4900 meters. I fondly remember his gesture while presenting me a local Arunachali dress during my last visit. Along with lakhs of admirer, I express my heartfelt condolence for the departed Chief Minister, Late Dorjee Khandu.
We have reports time and again that China has built excellent network of road on the other side of McMahon line and a motorable road almost to the foothill of Mt. Everest. We also have reports that China has built eight aerodromes in Tibet in recent times. Like China, even India claims itself to be a superpower country, then why can’t we present this beautiful Arunachal Pradesh with enhanced network of surface road to the Arunachalies, the army and the tourists to explore this paradise unexplored!
One never knows a day might come like in 1962 when some leader in Delhi will say
that my heart bleeds for the people of Arunachal and Assam-
Dr. N N Dutta
Dispur, (on email)
Centre can’t treat us
worse than this
While many big shots claims that Arunachal is an integral and inalienable part of India, so all I want to ask is, “really, prove it!!!” because I truly believe that action speaks louder than words. Our beloved CM's demise could have been avoided or at least the rescue team could have been deployed.
The central government when they claim so proudly that Arunachal is indeed an integral
part of India then why this step-
At this point I’m personally so enraged and upset that I’m not scared anymore if China claims that Arunachal is theirs. I don’t think that central government could treat us any worse than this.
Where is the Black Box?
I wonder whether the Black Box was recovered from the spot of accident. it should be handed over to an inquiry committee appointed by the DGCA or send the black box to the NTSB, the independent US Federal government agency proficient in investigating aviation accidents to know the cause of the crash. Everyone please request the govt to find the Black Box if it’s still missing.
UK, (on email)
Constitute a high level enquiry committee and recall the Governor from Arunachal
While conveying its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family of the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Dorjee Khandu, whose body was found on 4th May by some village volunteers, Arunachal Citizens’ Rights express its profound grief on the sudden and untimely demise of an energetic and dynamic Chief Minister. It is not only a loss for the people of Arunachal Pradesh, but also a loss of an able and farsighted leader for the whole of the North East.
However, ACR feels that questions regarding serious lapses on the part of all those concerned for the safety of the Chief Minister should be raised.
Firstly, It’s surprising to note how such an important person as the Chief Minister of a state was let to board a single engine helicopter in a high altitude mountainous terrain like Tawang where the climate is perennially cloudy with visibility of not beyond a few hundred meters only, and that too with only a single security officer to accompany him.
Next, whereas the helicopter with the Chief Minister onboard was reported missing at around 11.15 am, an indecisive cabinet met only after 7pm. What were these decision makers doing all this while for almost eight hours? Meantime, the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, committed the gravest act of misconduct by irresponsibly airing false statements saying that all was well and the helicopter had landed safely with all the passengers onboard somewhere in Bhutan. Such grave lapses are not expected from the first citizen of the state and needs to be addressed by the proper authority. ACR urges the Government of India to call back the Governor from the state without further delay.
It should also be noted that both the State Government sources and media reports indicated that the ATC Guwahati lost contact with the helicopter after 20 minutes of take off while crossing Sela Pass. Why this was not reported immediately to the appropriate authority? Why the news came trickling in only after the CM’s helicopter did not reach Naharlugun on schedule?
The supposed telephonic conversation of Yashi Tsering with the Chief Minister, the Commissioner to the Chief Minister after the report of the helicopter gone missing, has become reasonable grounds to suspect the circumstances of the tragic death of Chief Minister. Was our CM alive and did make that call? What happened afterwards? Was there not one accident or a series of incidents leading to the crash and the tragic death of five people?
Who was responsible for the media report that CM’s chopper made an emergency landing in eastern Bhutan; was safe and will be touching Guwahati for refueling on its way back to Itanagar on the same day?
ACR, therefore, urges the Centre to constitute a high level enquiry committee to find out the circumstances of the Chief Minister’s death, and people responsible for related lapses, with members drawn from both the state and the central governments and involving the civil society.
ACR appreciates the efforts made by the Centre; however, Indian technology has miserably failed to trace out the Chief Minister of a state even after five days despite using latest super technologies, including satellites, GPS, remote sensing etc, and engaging the ISRO for which crores of money might have been spent not to speak of the numerous army columns. The suspected helicopter crash image identified through satellite was somewhere in Naga GG, bordering Dirang and Bhutan, which is very far from the actual crash site called Luguthang, could be actually responsible for misguiding the ground search operations. It also shows that there is complete lack of understanding of the topography of Arunachal despite the fact that this is a sensitive frontier state contested by China. It is ironical that the army, which is stationed to defend the land from possible Chinese intrusion, has no clue about the topography to be defended.
Now question remains that if even the democratically elected Chief Minister of the state who disappeared in a helicopter couldn’t be traced out even after five days, then how would India locate and deal with situations in case enemies march in and spread out in this mountainous region. One can imagine what the outcome may be in five days? Or, for that, will India just surrender its territorial integrity and the people of Arunachal Pradesh in the pretext of bad weather and hilly mountainous terrain?
This tragic incident has generated a sense of alienation and feeling of insecurity among the indigenous communities of Arunachal Pradesh and is reason enough to unrest amongst our people, and the youth in particular.
Arunachal Citizens Rights, (on email)
Weather constrains aside, it does not auger well for India
What has happened to our CM and the rest in that chopper is really sad and unfortunate. I had been following the developments like all Arunachalees since that fateful day and now I feel that I had been misguided by so called “massive search operations". The expression sounds really big on paper and as a verbal volley; but pragmatically did it come anywhere near?? It took 5 days to clear the air regarding the entire disturbing and clueless scenario; weather constraints aside, does this augur well for the centre and state government?
Its ironical our country boasts of being a technological powerhouse. This incident must have shaken our people. Just imagine the horror of dead bodies lying there in those mountains for so many days, charred beyond recognition.
It sends a chill down ones spine only pray that no one is doomed to such a fate. May the departed souls rest in peace and god give their families enough strength to endure this difficult phase.
Dr Heera Panggeng,
Delhi, (on email)
Say no to killer flying machine
While I mourn the death of our beloved chief minister, I would rather make my clear cut opinion about the Pawan Hans service in our state. Since, from the past history of the Pawan Hans services it will be appropriate to say "no more Pawan Hans, killer flying machine".
Come one and all and raise our hands against this old flying coffin manufacturer.
And my sincere request to our state government is to abandon PHHL and incorporate the best helicopter service provider in India.
Kerala, (on email)
While expressing my deep grief over the demise of our beloved CM, I would like to ask a very simple question to all the those responsible people in power, that if it took almost 5 days to trace the body of the head of state, that is also with full swing, then what would be the fate of a ordinary civilian, if an accident like this repeat itself?
I think it would take around one month or so to trace without ISRO's help, with normal mathematical calculation.
The point here is why isn't our state prepared for such extreme disasters? We have lost many visionaries through such crashes. And if the system is not improved even after the loss of our state's CM, then all we can do is pray for some miracles.
May the concern authority open their partially blind eyes so that those flying machines will stop taking lives.
Mumbai (on email)
Conduct a proper enquiry
With throbbing heart I extend my condolences to the people, kiths and kin of late Chief Minister.
I request your esteemed newspaper to ensure that a proper court of inquiry is conducted by the Govt. by special team to ascertain the reasons behind this tragic incident.
There may be bad weather clubbed with reasons beyond our imagination because Late Chief Minister had strong stand against Chinese claims over Arunachal territory.
Therefore involvement of Chinese army has to be ascertained. A forensic report on the debris of chopper can bring out such matters clearly and it has to be analyzed by expert tem in DRDO. The concluding report will be "due to bad weather" but I admired Dorjee Khandu and his departure is a heavy loss to people of Arunachal Pradesh.
United Arab Emirates
Enough is enough
My only question-
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