The panchayat leader of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu’s Assembly constituency, who is also the chief minister's relative, has identified his body, according to Union Minister for Development of North Eastern region B.K. Handique.

He told reporters that the panchayat leader Thupten has identified the body of 56-year-old Khandu while the other bodies have been charred beyond recognition.

The minister, however, said that only after the divisional commissioner takes charge of the body and the formalities are completed could they officially confirm news about Mr. Khandu.

Asked about the successor to Mr. Khandu, he said, “Everything will be taken care of.”

The single engine four-seater Pawan Hans helicopter with Mr. Khandu and four others on board went missing soon after taking off from Tawang on Saturday.

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