Correspondent ITANAGAR, Dec 2 – Once his workplace, Itanagar today bade an emotive adieu to former Chief Minister of the State, Jarbom Gamlin, who died in a Gurgaon hospital on Sunday night following a brief illness. He was suffering from liver thrombosis which affected his other vital organs.
Thousands of mourners including relatives and well wishers made a beeline to the Naharlagun helipad since morning to pay their last respects to Gamlin upon getting the information that the body of their most beloved leader would be brought to the state capital.
Wrapped in tri-colour, the coffin carrying Gamlin’s mortal remains was brought here at Naharlagun helipad at 1.45 pm through a specially arranged helicopter from New Delhi via Guwahati in Assam, amid an emotionally charged atmosphere with the crowds in large numbers standing in long queues with their hands folded, some of them holding bouquets and wreaths, to pay their homage to late Gamlin.
Among the notables who turned up to pay their last respects to the departed leader were State Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia, Deputy Speaker T Norbu Thongdok, Home Minister Tanga Byaling and PWD Minister Gojen Gadi. Apart from them, several Parliamentary Secretaries and MLAs and top-ranking government officials were among the mourners seen paying floral tributes to the body of the departed soul.
Wreaths were also placed on the casket carrying the former CM’s body by the representatives from Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma’s secretariat and the office of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
After keeping the body at Naharlagun for about an hour, the coffin was flown to his birthplace Aalo where his last rites will be performed on Wednesday, family sources said.