Citizens pay homage to Tirap DC, pilots who were killed in helicopter crash in Arunachal Pradesh

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Itanagar, August 13: The bodies of Tirap DC and pilots were finally retrieved on Thursday morning by members of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling and High Altitude Warfare School from Sonamarg, informed SP Tirap Jasmeet Singh speaking to this daily.

Thousands of saddened citizens gathered at Nehru stadium, Khonsa this evening to pay their final homage to Kamlesh Joshi, the Tirap Deputy Commissioner, Captain M S Brar and Captain Rajeev Hoskote who lost their lives in a Dauphin VT-PHK helicopter crash on August 4 . The wreckage of the chopper remains at the crash site, he said. The mortal remains will be taken to Dibrugarh on Friday morning for medical formalities before being taken to respective home towns by Indian Air Force as requested by the state government.In a separate message Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said that “People of Arunachal Pradesh will always remain grateful to the three departed souls who served the state to their fullest in their respective capacities”.

On August 4, Dauphin VT-PHKhelicopter owned by Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd, a government of India undertaking with three onboard had took off from Khonsa for Longding. The pilots were in touch with Air Traffic Control five minutes into flight. But soon it lost touch, crashing into a deep gorge near Pongkong village.

Tirap DC Kamlesh Joshi would have been 32 years this 15th August. An IAS officer of 2010 batch, he joined as Tirap DC in 2013.  His wife Neha and brother Major Rajesh Joshi were in Khonsa during the agonising search operation.

The Pilot Col (Retired) M S Brar from Panchkula, leaves behind his wife and a son while Rajeev Hoskote, the co-pilot who was from Mysore leaves behind his parents.      

Governor, Chief Minister offer condolences

Meanwhile, the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh J.P. Rajkhowa has led the state in mourning the untimely demise of Kamlesh Joshi, Capt. MS Brar and Capt Rajeev Hoskote.  “I am in extreme shock and grief over this enormous tragedy. It is an unbearable loss for the people and the State of Arunachal Pradesh”, the governor said.

“I have come to know that the young IAS officer, Late Kamlesh Joshi was a very sincere, competent, talented and dedicated officer and had contributed immensely towards development of Arunachal Pradesh. I am also given to understand that, the two daring pilots, Capt MS Brar and Capt Rajeev Hoskote were highly committed to their duties and were always ready to serve the needy people, even in inhospitable and far flung areas of this State.

The Chief Minister also conveyed his condolences to the family members of the two pilots – Captain M S Brar and Captain Rajeev Hoskote – and put on record their dedicated service to the people of the state by offering transportation to and fro in difficult circumstances putting their own safety at risk, news agency The Arunachal Times reported.

In their sudden death, the State has lost greatly which cannot be compensated by human efforts. Their contributions and attachment to the people of this hilly State will always be remembered and written boldly in the history of Arunachal Pradesh, the statement added.” 

In a message to the wife of Late Joshi, Tuki wrote, “Late Kamlesh Kumar Joshi will always be remembered for his zest to deliver his best in the service of Arunachal Pradesh and its people as a member of the elite cadre of Indian Administrative Services. He was one of the freshest officers in the state with fresh and innovative ideas that became the hallmark of his administrative eloquence in all the places he served. His loss has closed a chapter of dedicated service of an administrator par excellence not only for Arunachal Pradesh but for the country.”

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