KATHMANDU, March 1: Hundreds of people, family members and relatives of the Air Dynasty crash victims broke into tears as final tribute was offered to Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari and six others at Tundikhel on Friday morning.
Minister Adhikari, his security guard Arjun Ghimire, aviation officials Birendra Kumar Shrestha and Dhrubadas Bhochhibhoya, government official Yubaraj Dahal and pilot Pravakar KC were all killed in a helicopter crash at Dare Bhir, near Pathivara temple of Taplejung district when returning to Kathmandu on Wednesday.
Top political leaders, ministers, government officials also offered final tribute to the deceased.
The mortal remains of the deceased were kept at Tundikhel from 8 am to 11 am in the morning.
All the dead bodies were airlifted to Kathmandu from Taplejung on Thursday afternoon.
PM Oli offered a national flag to the dead body of Minister Adhikari.
CPN Chair and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ also paid tribute to the late Minister Adhikari and others deceased. Chair duo of the Communist Party of Nepal, Oli and Prachanda also draped Adhikari’s dead body with party flag.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara, National Assembly Chair Ganesh Prasad Timilsina, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Iswar Pokharel, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and other ministers also offered tributes on the occasion.
After the last tribute, the dead bodies were handed over to the respective families.
Minister Adhikari’s mortal body will be airlifted to Pokhara today afternoon where he will be kept at Exhibition Center for last tribute. Adhikari will be cremated at Ramghat with state honor.