Dalai Lama Prays for Safe Return of Khandu

Arunchal Pradesh state Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu is seen to the left of Dalai Lama, in the northeastern Arunachal Pradesh state, India, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is concerned about Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu after the helicopter carrying him went missing, his aide said on Sunday.

"His Holiness is deeply concerned about the situation and is praying for the safe return of Dorjee Khandu and others," Tenzin Taklha, joint secretary at the Dalai Lama's office, told IANS.

The Dalai Lama had visited Arunachal Pradesh on the invitation of Khandu in November 2009.

It was through Tawang that in 1959 the Dalai Lama escaped the Chinese authorities to enter India. The sixth Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso, was born in the Tawang region in 1682.

Khandu, a member of the ruling Congress party, has been chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh since 2007.