President Bidya Devi Bhandari pays heartfelt tribute to Air Dynasty chopper crash victims at the open theatre in Tundikhel, Kathmandu, on Friday, March 1, 2019. Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT
KATHMANDU: The bodies of Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari and six others killed in Taplejung helicopter crash have been kept in Tundikhel, Kathmandu for last tributes.
President, Vice-president, Prime Minister, lawmakers among other members of constitutional bodies have paid heartfelt tributes to the deceased Minister Adhikari and six others who were travelling with the minister.
On the occasion, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli placed the national flag on the body of Minister Adhikari. Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Co-chair and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal also paid tribute to late Minister Adhikari and others deceased. NCP (NCP) Chair duo, Oli and Dahal also draped Adhikari's body with the party flag. Speaker of the House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara, National Assembly Chair Ganesh Prasad Timilsina, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Ishwar Pokharel, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and other ministers also offered their tributes. According to Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Baskota, the bodies will be kept at the open theatre in Tundhikhel from 8:00 am to 11:00 am for homage. Minister Adhikari and six others — tourism entrepreneur Ang Tshering Sherpa, Deputy Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Birendra Shrestha, CAAN Director Dhruba Das Bhochhibhaya, Under-Secretary at the Prime Minister’s office Yubaraj Dahal, pilot of the helicopter Captain Prabhakar KC, and security personnel Arjun Ghimire — lost their lives in a helicopter crash near Pathibhara in hilly Taplejung district on Wednesday. Later today, a condolence programme will be held at the Exhibition Centre in Pokhara to offer tributes to late Minister Adhikari. Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Development of Gandaki Province, Ram Sharan Basnet, informed that the mortal remains of Adhikari will be kept at Exhibition Centre after it is airlifted to Pokhara from Kathmandu this afternoon. He also informed that Adhikari will be cremated at Ramghat with state honour. Born on May 4, 1969, at Jamunabot in Bharatpokhari, Kaski, Adhikari was elected the member of House of Representatives from Kaski Constituency-2. Minister Adhikari’s parents have been living in Pokhara. He is survived by his wife Bidhya Bhattarai and two sons. Bhattarai teaches at Padma Kanya Campus in Kathmandu. READ ALSO: