Tirap District, Arunachal Pradesh : The Pawan Hans Chopper, which went missing last tuesday with the young Indian Administrative Officer Kamlesh Joshi on board has been traced, albeit only the wreckages.The chopper was on its way to Longding, a newly-created district of Arunachal Pradesh which was earlier a part of Tirap district. Air Traffic Control lost touch with the chopper at 11.15 am on the 4th of August.
The whereabouts of all three boarded in the chopper is yet to be obtained. The remains of the chopper have been traced in Tirap district of Arunachal region, geographically 12 kms south of Khonsa.
Kamlesh Joshi, 32, a Computer Engineer from University of Pune, and a an IIFT passout (Indian Institute of Foriegn Trade), was inducted into the Indian Administrative Services in the batch of 2010. Presently he is holding the offices of Deputy Comissioner of Arunachal Pradesh in Tirap district. He is a 2010 batch AGMUT cadre (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories) IAS officer, joined as Dy Commsioner in the insurgency-infested Tirap district in June 2013. Joshi was ranked 61 in civil services examination conducted in the year 2009. Earlier, Joshi had served as the Additional Deputy Commissioner at Namsai in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh.
He was the only passenger in the helicopter. The three missing people include two pilots along with Joshi.
As per updates provided by Minister of State for Home, Kiran Rijiju, the Air Force has confirmed of the wreckage at that spot, and combing action has been put to force in and around the wreckage site, looking for the three missing people.
Massive search operation has intensified and satellites are sending down images rapidly, yet the tracing is pending. Personnels from both Central government as well as State government are at it, and search for the missing people is happening non-stop.
Union Home Secretary, Defence Secretary, Telecom Secretary and Director General of Civil Aviation are using their resources jointly and severally to speed up the locate task. Villagers from the locality are contributing with whatever inputs they can and assisting the search in their own little way.