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Khandu�s last rites on May 10

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, May 7 � The last rites of former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Dorjee Khandu, who died in a tragic chopper crash, would be performed on May 10 in Tawang�s Shepedung area, instead of May 11 at birthplace Gyengkhar as announced earlier.

�The scheduled cremation of Khandu has been preponed by a day as suggested by the Buddhist Lamas, who found the 10th day of May more suitable after going through the scriptures and performing rituals at Tawang,� informed an aide of the former Chief Minister.

The mortal remains of Khandu were yesterday flown to Tawang from Itanagar, where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram paid their last respects to the late Chief Minister.

The IAF chopper carrying Khandu�s body landed at Tawang helipad at 3.30 pm and then the Army placed the body at the War Memorial, Tawang where a wreath laying ceremony was held in coordination with 190 Mountain Brigade.

The wreath was placed on Khandu�s body on behalf of Defence Minister AK Antony, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, and top Army and Civil officials posted in the district.

Then, the body was taken to his Lemberdung residence via Manjushree, an orphanage. Thousands of mourners participated in the last journey of the mortal remains of the former Chief Minister.

Residents of entire Tawang gathered at Lemberdung to pay their last homage to their beloved leader.

Father of six, late Khandu would be laid to rest in accordance with the traditions of Monpa tribe, to which he belonged, amid chanting of prayers by the monks. Khandu, along with four others, died in a helicopter crash on April 30 and their bodies were recovered at Sajula near Luguthang, 45 km off Sela Pass on May 4.

The newly sworn-in Chief Minister of the State, Jarbom Gamlin, his Cabinet colleagues and legislators are expected to attend Khandu's funeral.

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Khandu�s last rites on May 10

ITANAGAR, May 7 � The last rites of former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Dorjee Khandu, who died in a tragic chopper crash, would be performed on May 10 in Tawang�s Shepedung area, instead of May 11 at birthplace Gyengkhar as announced earlier.

�The scheduled cremation of Khandu has been preponed by a day as suggested by the Buddhist Lamas, who found the 10th day of May more suitable after going through the scriptures and performing rituals at Tawang,� informed an aide of the former Chief Minister.

The mortal remains of Khandu were yesterday flown to Tawang from Itanagar, where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram paid their last respects to the late Chief Minister.

The IAF chopper carrying Khandu�s body landed at Tawang helipad at 3.30 pm and then the Army placed the body at the War Memorial, Tawang where a wreath laying ceremony was held in coordination with 190 Mountain Brigade.

The wreath was placed on Khandu�s body on behalf of Defence Minister AK Antony, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, and top Army and Civil officials posted in the district.

Then, the body was taken to his Lemberdung residence via Manjushree, an orphanage. Thousands of mourners participated in the last journey of the mortal remains of the former Chief Minister.

Residents of entire Tawang gathered at Lemberdung to pay their last homage to their beloved leader.

Father of six, late Khandu would be laid to rest in accordance with the traditions of Monpa tribe, to which he belonged, amid chanting of prayers by the monks. Khandu, along with four others, died in a helicopter crash on April 30 and their bodies were recovered at Sajula near Luguthang, 45 km off Sela Pass on May 4.

The newly sworn-in Chief Minister of the State, Jarbom Gamlin, his Cabinet colleagues and legislators are expected to attend Khandu's funeral.