Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Arunachal CM Dorjee Khandu killed in chopper crash

The Government indicated that on Wednesday, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu and four other people could not survive the crash of the helicopter, which was carried on Saturday.
"From what I can piece together information from the information given by villagers, and assuming that this is true, I'm afraid the message is grim and sad," Minister P Chidambaram told reporters here on his second update on the search operation.
Giving details, said several villages had reportedly arrived in the helicopter crash site and transferred to the control room in Itanagar that discovered the two bodies, while three were charred beyond recognition. (Read: Krishna condoles the fall of Arunachal CM)
"This communication is interrupted by villagers who had reached the spot. But no official government, military and police managed to get there," he said.
"It may take several hours for each of those officials to reach the spot because it is about five kilometers from Kyela," Chidambaram said.
Photo ISRO identified the crash site Khandu. Six helicopters were sent to the crash site to confirm the identity of individuals.
Chidambaram said the Cheetah helicopter, which flew over the site, managed to find the remains of the crashed helicopter and the bodies of some lies.
"We're trying to land another Cheetah with Lubothang," home minister said, adding the government team to reach the accident site, which is about 5 km from Kyela.
Union Minister for Development of the north-east, said BK Handique in Itanagar that the relative and Panchayat leader of the Assembly constituency Khandu audit found his body. (Read: relative Khandu to determine their body)
He told reporters that the leader of the Panchayat Thupten Dorjee has identified the body of 56-year-old while the other four bodies were charred beyond recognition.
The minister however said that only after the divisional commissioner is responsible for the body and the formalities are completed, can officially confirm information Dorjee.
Handique said that the body will be sent to the village in Tawang Khandu, but the final rites will be observed, while in Itanagar Tawang with honors from the state. "
If transporting the body by the chopper was delayed, it must be sent by road from Tawang, about 500 km from here, he added.
Khandu family members burst into the Tawang immediately after the chopper went missing.
Earlier in the day, Chidambaram said that information from search teams "are not encouraged and it is not good news."
He said the search is not "seeing three bodies. This observation was made from a height. Failed to get down to where the aircraft crashed. This message was given to the nearest police station to send the army band."
Chidambaram said that the army team was sent on foot to the crash site and "we'll know more about the place of accident and the bodies lie after reaching there."
The place is located at an altitude of 4900 meters, and therefore, it will take some time and difficulty to get there, "he said.
"When you get there, will communicate with us what they found there," he said, adding he was not able to determine what type of aircraft, or whose bodies were.
But I am afraid that is on the flight path the helicopter took off from Tawang. We keep our fingers crossed and let us wait for the official word comes from the team, "he said.
A single engine four-seater Pawan Hans helicopter with Khandu and four other people on board went missing shortly after taking off from Tawang on Saturday.
Khandu Besides, other pilots were on board the Captain JS Babbar, Captain TS Mamik, Khandu security officer and Yeshi Yeshi Choddak Lhamu, sister of Tawang MLA Tsewang Dhondup.
Inclement weather prevented the teams from the implementation of the aerial search.
Jubilee will of the people, the body would be brought here Khandu and stored in his house for people to pay last respects Handique said.
Asked about a successor Dorjee, said: "Everything will be done."
Pall of gloom descended on the capital with thousands thronging the official bungalow at Khandu NiTi Vihar here. MLA, officials and local leaders were among those in grief.
Group of young people angry at the news of the local office ransacked Pawan Hans. Glass panes of the director of the chamber and counter bookings have been damaged in the attack, sources said police.
"Never before Arunachal witnessed such massive expansion in a manner not Khandu after taking over the helm of 9 April 2007," Power Minister Jarbom Gamlin who is also the government spokesman said, while recalling the state of his recent meeting with Khandu 24 April.
His views were echoed by Minister Kalikho RWD Pul. Minister Tako Dabi said, "God bless the people of Arunachal, particularly members of the family bear the irreparable loss.

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