By Anshul Tewari:
The Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed today that Dorjee Khandu has been killed in a chopper crash, according to a report in The Times Of India. On 30 April 2011 the helicopter carrying Khandu and four other people on a trip fromÂ Tawang toÂ Itanagar disappeared.Â Dorjee Khandu was serving as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
Who was Dorjee Khandu? [source]
A man of steel, Dorjee served in the Indian Army Intelligence Corps for more than seven years and had been awarded a gold medal for his meritorious intelligence services rendered during Bangladesh War. Later, he was engaged in social activities for village people of Tawang District and looked after their welfare up till 1980. In 1980, he was selected uncontested as the First ASM and worked in same capacity till 1983.
In October 1999 he was elected to third Legislative Assembly of the State of Arunachal Pradesh. He was the Minister for Mines, Relief & Rehabilitation from 15 October 2002 to 27 July 2003. On 28 July 2003, he became the Minister for Relief & Rehabilitation and Disaster Management. In 2004, he was re-elected unopposed from Mukto constituency in the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections and became the minister for Power, NCER, and relief and rehabilitation.
India has lost an eminent leader of the North-East.