The Arunachal Pradesh government today ordered a magisterial inquiry into the death of former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul. “The state government has ordered an inquiry to investigate whether there is any foul play in his (Pul’s) death,” Chief Minister Pema Khandu told reporters here.
He said the police had been instructed to seize all available materials so that a genuine investigation process could be initiated. The state government has declared a state mourning for three days.
Asked about the suicide note left behind by Pul as claimed by his supporters, Khandu said he had no knowledge of it but directed the police not to leave any stone unturned in the investigation process. Governor Tathagata Roy has also mourned the demise of Pul. In his message, the Governor expressed surprise and shock on the tragic death and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family.
The Arunachal Pradesh State cabinet announced a three-day mourning as soon as news of the former Chief Minister’s came. The political establishment expressed grief and shock over the death with prominent figures like Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing support.
Kalikho Pul was chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh untill July 2016 when the Supreme Court dismissed his government.