Meghalaya CM's chopper goes haywire

SHILLONG: It's election time and Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma is going places for campaigning. But on Monday, Mukul's valuable time was wasted when the chopper carrying him hovered over all places except the ones which he was supposed to visit because of mismatch in air coordinates.

The CM, who was supposed to address three meetings, could attend only two of them. The first meeting at Chonglapara in South West Garo Hills went off without any hiccups, Mukul told TOI over the phone. The second rally was at Chokpot in South Garo Hills. The third one was at Haripur near Rajabala but the chopper took him to north Garo Hills.

The chief minister said visibility was also poor and he was taken to Guwahati instead. Expressing concern over the mismatch in coordinates, Mukul said, "In any programme of a chief minister or the Prime Minister, it should be ensured that the chhopper lands at the right place."

Stating that he was in Guwahati with only two security personnel, the chief minister said it was up to the authorities concerned to find out as to what exactly happened".

A top police officer said there was indeed a "goof up" and that the matter had been taken up at the highest level to ascertain the cause. He added that henceforth only an officer in the rank of additional director general of police (ADG) would provide air co-ordinates for the CM's travel plans.