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    Dorjee Khandu's body reaches Itanagar

    New Delhi: Finally, after 6 days, a helicopter landed in the helipad in Itanagar's Governor House on Thursday afternoon carrying Dorjee Khandu's dead body from Tawang.

    The MI 17 helicopter brought the body after a painstaking search in Sela Pass, which finally resulted in locating the helicopter debris and the dead bodies in Luguthang.

    As the helicopter landed, jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police carried the coffin of Khandu to the Chief Minister's bunglow through the streets of the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh.

    Thousands had gathered on the streets of Itanagar to get a glimpse they have been waiting anxiously since Saturday, when Khandu's helicopter went missing.

    "Now that the death of the Chief Minister is being confirmed, the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh has been requested to take the necessary consequential steps," said Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.

    At Chief Minister's bunglow, people thronged to pay their last respects on Friday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi will also arrive, and after that the body will be flown to Tawang either on Friday or on Saturday depending on weather and time.

    In Tawang, at Khandu's ancestral home, the last rites will be conducted. He will be given a state funeral, with a customary 21 gun salute.

    As the family belongs to Mongpa tribe, they are consulting a Lama to decide on last rite.

    The bodies of his co-travellers - two pilots, his PSO and the sister of a Congress MLA have been handed over to their families.