Probe demanded into Khandu chopper crash

: Lok Sabha member from Arunachal Pradesh Takam Sanjoy on Wednesday demanded that the Centre initiate a probe into the April 30 Pawan Hans chopper crash that killed former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and five others on board.

Last Updated: May 18, 2011, 14:37 PM IST

Itanagar: Lok Sabha member from Arunachal
Pradesh Takam Sanjoy on Wednesday demanded that the Centre initiate a
probe into the April 30 Pawan Hans chopper crash that killed
former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and five others on board.

"The Centre should immediately initiate an inquiry either
by CBI or National Investigating Agency (NIA) into the
circumstances which led to the crash," Sanjoy said.

Sanjoy said he called on UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at
her official residence this morning and appraised the matter
and requested her to initiate an inquiry by a Central agency
into the crash.

He said, he would soon meet Arunachal Pradesh Chief
Minister Jarbom Gamlin to press for demand for ordering a high
level probe into the matter.

"The Civil Aviation ministry should not press into
service `flying coffins` like Pawan Hans choppers in the
entire North Eastern states keeping in view the difficult
topography of the region and poor maintenance of the aircraft
by the company," he added.

Meanwhile, former Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Tako
Dabi too demanded for a CBI inquiry into the crash along with
the `mysterious circumstances` which compelled Khandu to left
Itanagar on April 28 without attending the North East Regional
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (NERCPA) conference
which was attended by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

PTI