Depression, financial crisis: Rumours abound over Kalikho Pul’s death

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Aug 10, 2016 11:09 IST
Peoples paying last respect at the coffin of Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pulon in Itanagar on August 9, 2016. (PTI)

A day after former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Kalikho Pul was found dead in Itanagar, the city was abuzz with rumours on why the 47-year-old decided to end his life with many pointing towards depression or financial strain.

Pul’s body was found hanging from a ceiling fan of his private room at the chief minister’s official residence, which he was yet to vacate, early on Tuesday morning.

The late leader’s supporters are demanding a CBI investigation into the death and also want details of a long note written by Pul, which was found in the room where he allegedly committed suicide, to be made public.

State police chief S. Nitianandam told HT that the note titled ‘My Thoughts’ had details on various issues. He, however, refused to term it a “suicide note”.

The note and other evidence found in the room have been sealed and will be opened in front of a magistrate. Details of the post mortem conducted on Pul’s body are also awaited.

The note, which is said to contain nearly 60 pages, is expected to give some insight into what led the seasoned politician to take the extreme step less than a month after he was removed from office.

Media reports say Pul was suffering from depression after the Supreme Court ruling that ordered his removal and had even stopped interacting with family members and well wishes in the past few days.

Though he had returned to the Congress along with other rebel MLAs to support newly elected chief minister Pema Khandu, there were speculations that new political equations were already being formed in Itanagar.

There was talk that the BJP, which has 11 legislators in the 60-member state assembly, was again plotting to unsettle the new government.

Senior BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal told journalists in Delhi that he had spoken to Pul a day earlier and the latter was to go to the national capital on Tuesday to file to review petition against the SC ruling.

There are also rumours that the former chief minister could have been suffering from financial problems. He had allegedly sold three of his houses recently and was to vacate the official residence on the day his body was found.

Pul’s body was flown on Wednesday morning from Itanagar to Anjaw, his home district, and his last rites will be performed later in the day at his native village Walla.

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