Kalikho Pul found dead: CPI calls for probe

| Updated: Aug 09, 2016 19:21 IST

New Delhi, Aug. 9 (ANI): Expressing shock over the demise of former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Kalikho Pul, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja on Tuesday said the government must investigate the matter. "I don't know the reasons behind it. It is for the government to probe the matter and get the report and tell the country," Raja told ANI. "The court verdict went against the Union Government and in such a situation, the former chief minister committing suicide is really quiet shocking. It is for the government to investigate and probe the matter," he added. Meanwhile, Assam Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi also condoled Pul's demise and said north-east has lost a young leader. "It's an extremely sad moment. We did not expect this decision of the former CM Mr. Pul," Gogoi told the media here. "It is very difficult to do politics in the north-east; there are a lot of challenges. So, when he had taken a step to enter politics, I am sure he must have had long dreams and huge expectations from Arunachal Pradesh. Those dreams remained unfulfilled," he added. Gogoi also assured support to the former chief minister's family in this hour of grief. Pul was found dead at his residence in Itanagar this morning. Pul was the chief minister for around four months after the state was placed under President's Rule following a series of dramatic developments, which witnessed the Congress government being voted out by party rebels along with the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In February, Pul was sworn-in as the Arunachal Pradesh chief minister with the support of 18 dissident Congress legislators, two independents and 11 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs who gave him outside support in the 60-member assembly. Nabam Tuki, who was earlier the chief minister, was dismissed following days of turmoil, after 21 of the 47 Congress MLAs - including Pul -rebelled against him. Arunachal Pradesh was placed under President's Rule on January 26. Last month, the Supreme Court ordered the restoration of the earlier Congress government in Arunachal. In a separate judgment, the apex court had also set aside the Assembly Deputy Speaker's order quashing the Speaker's decision to disqualify 14 rebel Congress MLAs on December 15, 2015. (ANI)