As the body of former Arunachal Pradesh CM Kalikho Pul was flown to his hometown Hayuliang in Anjaw district for last rites, the state government Wednesday suspended SMS, WhatsApp and other mobile data services in view of some inflammatory messages being circulated in Itanagar.
Pul, 47, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in the CM’s official bungalow Tuesday.
A magistrate conducting an inquest into the alleged suicide seized four booklets typewritten in Hindi — titled “Merey Vichar” — from the room where the body was found.
On Wednesday, an order issued by the state home department in Itanagar said, “(Intelligence) inputs indicate there is every possibility of electronic communication tools like SMS and mobile data services being used for furtherance of the objective of spreading communal messages leading to communal violence. There are also specific inputs of an already circulating message which has the possibility of causing communal tension…the use of such media may cause difficulty in curbing and controlling the dissemination of communal tension/violence leading to deterioration of law and order situation and public order in the capital complex.”
Itanagar had witnessed sporadic incidents of violence Tuesday with groups of people attacking and vandalising residences of at least two senior ministers soon as news of Pul’s death emerged.
Pul’s body was flown to Hayuliang early Wednesday morning, and will be cremated according to Mishmi tribal rituals Thursday.
The Mishmis, comprising three groups have a population of just about 13,000.