Dorjee Khandu, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, the largest state in North East India in terms of size, is missing for fifth day today. Indian government has deployed IAF helicopter sorties, SU 30, ISRO imagery, but no luck so far. It has also been raining constantly in Tawang area hampering search operation.
Two Union Ministers have been camping in Itanagar, capital of Arunachal Pradesh, supervising search operation. Meanwhile DONER minister Bijoy Krishna Handique had requested to deploy more IAF helicopters for aerial search. Presently, 3 IAF choppers and one Pawan Hans helicopter is being used in aerial search operation.
More than 3000 defence personals from Army, ITBP have also been searching on foot for any wreckage of the helicopter on which CM Dorjee Khandu traveled.
Dorjee Khandu is a popular Chief Minister in Arunachal Pradesh. He belongs to minority Monpa Tribe, predominantly found in Tawang districts. Monpas are Buddhists and has total population of 75000 in the world, of which around 50000 live in Arunachal Pradesh India, rest live in Tibet, China. Dorjee Khandu is also known for his Anti-China stands. It may be mentioned that, Monpa tribe opposed Indian Political officer in 1950s demanding Twanag to remain with Tibet.
Arunachal Pradesh has majority population of Tani group of tribes which consists of Nyshi, Adi, Apatani, Tagin, Padam etc. They are almost 7 lacs in number and form largest ethnic tribe group.