Search operations: Krishna speaks to Bhutan PM

Last Updated: Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 12:38

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Sunday spoke to Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigme Thinley
seeking assistance in search operations to trace the missing
helicopter carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorje
Khandu and four others.

Krishna spoke to Thinley and sought Bhutanese
assistance in the search operations along the Indo-Bhutan
border, sources said.

The two also discussed the issue of logistical support
to people involved in the search operations, they said.

Meanwhile, Indian Ambassador to Bhutan Pavan Verma
said that the operations were being done by the Indian
Government and the Bhutanese authorities were providing all

"Since yesterday the Bhutanese have been most
cooperative," he said.

The four-seater single-engine Pawan Hans helicopter
AS-B350-B-3 chopper went missing yesterday after 20 minutes of
its take off from Tawang at 9.56 am last morning with five on
board including crew members Captain J S Babbar, Captain T S
Mamik, Khandu`s security officer Yeshi Choddak and a lady
Yeshi Lhamu, sister of Tawang MLA Tsewang Dhondup.


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First Published: Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 12:38

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