Tributes to be offered to heli crash victims on Friday

Kathmandu, Feb 28: The official public event to pay final tributes to the seven people, including Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Nath Adhikari, who died in the helicopter crash on Wednesday in Taplejung, is to be held at Tundikhel on Friday morning. 

The event scheduled for today was postponed for tomorrow after post-mortem and the anti-mortem of the bodies took more time than expected at the TU Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, according to Communist Party of Nepal Office Secretary Krishna Gopal Shrestha. The charred bodies were brought to the capital from Taplejung earlier today.

The bodies of all the seven persons will be kept at Tundikhel from 8 to 11 in the morning, while the President, the Vice-president, the Prime Minister and other members of the cabinet and distinguished personalities are also expected to reach Tundikhel to pay their final tributes. Following the event, the bodies will be handed over to the respective families.

Seven persons including Minister Adhikari were killed in the helicopter crash that took place as they were returning from Pathibara, Taplejung to Kathmandu.

The accident that took place at Darebhir of Taplejung also killed Yeti Airlines Managing Director Ang Tshering Sherpa Deputy Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Birendra Prasad Shrestha and Director Dhruva Bhochibhoya, Under-secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister Yubaraj Dahal, Minister Adhikari's personal security officer Arjun Kumar Ghimire and the helicopter pilot Prabhakar KC.

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