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Khandu's last rites to be held on May 10 instead of May 11

Itanagar , Sun, 08 May 2011 ANI

Itanagar, May 8 (ANI): The last rites of former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu will be performed in his native village Gyangkhar in Tawang district bordering China, as per Monpa traditions on May 10 instead of May 11 as announced earlier.


The newly appointed Chief Minister, Jarbom Gamlin, his cabinet colleagues and all legislators would attend Khandu's funeral.


Gamlin left for Tawang by road on Sunday morning to attend the rituals associated with last rites of the former Chief Minister.


"As I travel to Tawang for the last rites, I will carry with me the love and affection of the entire state towards it's 'people's CM'. I have assumed the office of the Chief Minster with utmost humility and as a tribute to late Dorjee Khandu," he said.


Buddhist Lamas suggested advancement of the date by a day after going through the scriptures and performing rituals at Tawang.


"This is the decision of the Lamas who are only authorised to announce the time, date and day for the last rites after studying the scriptures," said Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy, a close aide of Khandu.


The Lamas will perform traditional pujas as per Monpa customs as Khandu was a devout Buddhist belonging to the Gellupa sect.


Sanjoy said all Monpa traditions would be followed without deviation, except the practice of throwing the body into a river after cutting it into 108 pieces, which Khandu was opposed, to being an environmentalist.


Khandu along with four others died in a helicopter crash on April 30 and their bodies were recovered at Keyla, near Luguthang, only on May 4. (ANI)


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