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PM, Sonia pays tribute to Khandu

ITANAGAR/ New Delhi/Guwahati, MAY 6 (AGENCIES)
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Published on 7 May. 2011 2:07 AM IST
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The body of former Arunchal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu was on Friday flown to Tawang after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and others paid their last respects at Itanagar.
The body will remain at Dorjee's residence here till the state funeral on May 11 at Gyangkhar village with pujas to be performed daily till then by Lamas in accordance with Monpa Buddhist traditions, extra assistant commissioner D K Chutia told PTI.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today pledged his government’s full support in completing the “unfinished task and dream of all round development” of Khandu.
Gandhi placed a 'khada' (white scarf) and stood for a few moments in silence before the body which was in a glass casket on a raised platform.
Industrialist and MP Naveen Jindal, who accompanied the VVIPS, also paid his respects.
Gandhi and Chidambaram spent a few minutes with the family and conveyed their deep sense of shock to Khandu's second wife Rinchin Drema and eldest son Pema Khandu. The body was later flown to Tawang by helicopter.
The Arunchal Pradesh government has declared seven-day state mourning since yesterday. The Assam government has also declared three days state mourning.
Meanwhile, Pawan Hans commercial helicopter services

in the northeast have been suspended following the death of former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu along with four others in a chopper crash on Saturday.
The DGCA would also examine why the advanced emergency locator transmitter (ELT) fitted into Khandu’s helicopter did not transmit signals on heavy impact during the crash, they said. The signals of the ELT, fitted for locating a chopper in case of a mishap, can be picked by ISRO satellites or any other aircraft flying over the crash site as the equipment is activated automatically on heavy impact, sources in the Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd (PHHL) said on Friday.

 
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