Itanagar: As a mark of respect to Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu who died in a chopper crash near Tawang, all Central government offices in the state will remain closed on Friday.

The national flag will fly at half mast on Thursday and Friday in Arunachal Pradesh and in all states and UT capitals, including Delhi, a Home Ministry statement said.
State funeral will be accorded to the late Chief Minister, whose last rites will be performed on Saturday, it said.

The Union Cabinet also condoled the untimely death of Khandu and said a gazette obituary notification will be published on Friday.

The body of Khandu was recovered on Thursday near Lugathang in Arunachal Pradesh, five days after his helicopter went missing while flying from Tawang to Itanagar.

PM, Prez condole Khandu's death

President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi were among a host of leaders who condoled the death of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.

The Prime Minister and the Congress chief will go to Itanagar on Saturday to pay their last respects to the 56-year-old Arunachal leader, AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said after a meetings of the Congress Working Committee.

A meeting of the Union Cabinet also adopted a separate resolution condoling Khandu's untimely death.

Lauding the ‘visionary leadership’ of Khandu, the Cabinet said it places on record its deep sense of grief and loss over the death of Khandu.

The CWC, which met under the Chairmanship of the Congress president, was attended by thePrime Minister, AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi and several Union Ministers, said

Khandu's death was a loss which will be felt for a long time.

During the meeting, Home Minister P Chidambaram narrated the sequence of events leading to Khandu's death in the chopper crash.

In a condolence message, the President said that Khandu was a politician, who actively spent his life in public affairs and who deeply understood the pulse of the people.

Vice President Hamid Ansari said Khandu, a charismatic leader, believed that the real well-being of a society cannot be measured by material development alone but by the human development of its people.

(Agencies)