Arunachal to approach for CBI or NIA probe

ITANAGAR, May 27 – The Arunachal Pradesh government will soon approach the Centre for a CBI or NIA probe into the April 30 helicopter crash that killed former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four others on board.

Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin told a students’ delegation that his government will soon approach the Centre for a probe into the crash.

A team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union and North East Students Union met him and submitted a memorandum demanding a probe by CBI and NIA into the April 30 Pawan Hans chopper crash that killed Khandu.

The apex student bodies also demanded tracing of the anonymous phone call which had delayed the search operations and also sought retrieval of the contents of the black box of the ill-fated helicopter, official sources said.

Gamlin said that the Civil Aviation Ministry has already ordered an inquiry into the mishap through a committee headed by Air Marshal (Retd) P S Ahluwalia and it is expected that a report will be submitted within three months as per the terms of reference of the panel.