Khandu, an Army intelligence officer-turned-politician
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 24, 2009, 18:46
Itanagar: The man who led Congress to a two-third majority in Arunachal Pradesh is a former Army intelligence officer rewarded for his exploits during the Bangladesh war and turned a social activist before joining politics.

The 54-year-old Chief Minister, who was with Indian Army Intelligence Corps for seven years and received a gold medal for his services, turned his attention to providing basic amenities to people in the state and only began his political career as an anchal samiti member in 1980.

Analysts feel it was his reach among the people that helped him replace powerful Gegong Apang as Chief Minister who had ruled the tribal state for 23 years.

In 1982, Khandu led a cultural troupe to ASIAD in Delhi from his home district Tawang that won a silver medal.

Khandu, a Buddhist with a little formal education, was elected uncontested to the Legislative Assembly of Arunachal Pradesh in March 1990 from Mukto constituency.

He was re-elected to the Assembly in March 1995 from the same constituency and was given the portfolio of Minister of State for Cooperation.

In 1996, he was elevated to the Cabinet rank and given Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, Dairy Development department.

The police, however, could not arrest the other accomplices in the case.

s Katiyar, a driver with a private firm, was arrested five days after the incident and was later identified by the victim in the test identification parade.

Earlier, various policemen, who were involved with the probe into the case, have given contradictory statements regarding the date and place of arrest of the accused.

Sub Inspector Charan Singh, deposing as a witness, had first said the accused was arrested on May 14, 2005 but later said he was nabbed a day before.

Singh, also a member of the probe team, said the accused was arrested from Anand Vihar. However, some witnesses had earlier claimed he was nabbed from Ghazipur also in east Delhi.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, October 24, 2009, 18:46

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