Arunachal Pradesh ex-CM Kalikho Pul commits suicide

Itanagar : Former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Kalikho Pul has committed suicide at the chief minister’s residence in capital city Itanagar, the state police said on Tuesday.

Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein confirmed the news to IANS.

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The police said that Pul, 47, hanged himself from a ceiling fan at his residence.

Although Pema Khandu became the Chief Minister of the state on July 16, Pul was yet to vacate the official residence.

“We have also recovered a suicide note from the room where the former Chief Minister committed suicide. However, I am not in a position to divulge much at this moment,” said a senior police official.

Pul assumed office on February 19 unseating the then Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and continued till July 13 when the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Legislature Party (CLP) elected Pema Khandu.

After becoming the Chief Minister, Pul and his supporters joined the Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA), a regional political outfit. However, after the Supreme Court judgment reinstated the Nabam Tuki government, Pul and his supporters returned to the Congress fold and supported Pema Khandu as the Chief Minister.

Pul, who represents Hyuliang constituency in eastern Arunachal Pradesh, had been winning from the constituency for last five terms. He had served in various capacities in the Arunachal Pradesh cabinet including as the finance minister, power minister and tribal affairs minister.