Missing AP CM found dead, sources say

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Dorjee Khandu
Itanagar, May 4: It came as a shocking news for Arunachal Pradesh as defence sources claimed that the search team has found the crash site of the missing chopper which carried CM Dorjee Khandu along with four others.

The helicopter's wreckage was found at Lobotang, unofficial sources said. Lobotang is situated near Jang water falls in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

Government sources confirmed the news that Khandu's chopper's crash site has been located by the joint search team.

Unofficial sources also informed that three dead bodies have been found in a decomposed state in the crashed chopper. The dead bodies have been handed over to the defence forces, sources said.

The Pawan Hans helicopter AS350 B-3 carrying the Chief Minister along with four others went missing since Saturday, Apr 30 and no communication was established since then. It was earlier reported that the chopper landed in Bhutan, though the government of Bhutan dismissed the news.

The other four members, who accompanied Khandu in the chopper, were - crew members Captain JS Babbar and Captain KS Malick, Khandu's security officer Yeshi Choddak and Yeshi Lamu, sister of Tawang legislator Tsewang Dhondup.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, during a press meeting, declared that the search team has found the chopper's crash site along with three dead bodies. Though, Chidambaram did not confirm the news of Khandu's death.

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