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Khandu, an Army intelligence officer-turned-politician

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

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.

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

Bureau Report

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

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