Dorjee Khandu was a leader of the Indian National Congress and the ex-chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh. He became the sixth chief minister of the state on 9 April 2007, replacing the powerful Gegong Apang, who had ruled the state for 23 years.
After the victory of his party in the Arunachal Pradesh state assembly elections, 2009 he was sworn in for his second term as the chief minister on 25 October 2009.
Khandu, born in Gyangkhar village in Arunachal was a former army intelligence officer rewarded for his exploits during the Bangladesh war and had turned a social activist before joining politics in 1980.
He was elected unopposed to the Legislative Assembly of Arunachal Pradesh in March 1990 from Mukto constituency. Khandu was re-elected in March 1995 from the same constituency and was given the portfolio of minister of state for cooperation. In 2007, He replaced powerful Apang as the Chief Minister who had ruled the tribal state for 23 years.
Khandu went missing after his Pawan Hans helicopter, which departed from Tawang at 10:56am local time, failed to arrive in Itanagar at its scheduled 11:30am landing time on 30 April 2011.