An officer not below the rank of an Inspector-General of Police (IGP) would head an investigation into the death due to alleged suicide of former state chief minister Kalikho Pul, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu said in Itanagar on Saturday.
Chief minister Khandu, who reviewed the state’s law and order situation in Itanagar and Naharlagun the twin capital cities, also asked the police to expedite the investigation into Kalikho Pul’s death and complete it within the shortest possible time. An IGP however was yet to be named to head the investigation.
Kalikho Pul, a rebel Congress who had become chief minister of the state on February 19 amid a high-voltage political drama that had begun in December last year, ceased to hold that office following a Supreme Court judgment of July 13. While the apex court order had reinstated Nabam Tuki as chief minister, the latter resigned two days later to make way for Pema Khandu to become the new chief minister.
Pul (47), who had accepted the Supreme Court order, however was found hanging on August 9 from a ceiling fan in one of the bedrooms of the chief minister’s official bungalow in Itanagar which he had not yet vacated. The police have recovered four booklets written by Pul in Hindi from the room where his body was found. These booklets are believed to contain information that will throw light on why the former chief minister chose to take his own life.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, who had landed in a controversy following the dismissal of then chief minister Nabam Tuki and installation of Kalikho Pul in his place, has resumed charge as governor after remaining on leave over six weeks following serious illness.
As Rajkhowa underwent a major surgery and had to remain on leave, Tripura governor Tathagata Roy was given additional charge of Arunachal Pradesh for the past five weeks.
While chief minister Pema Khandu on Saturday called on governor Rajkhowa in the Itanagar Raj Bhavan, the latter expressed hope that the state government under the leadership of Khandu would rise to the expectations of the people.