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Pul's wife for CBI probe

Kalikho Pul

Itanagar, Feb. 11: Former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Kalikho Pul's first wife, Dangwimsai Pul, today demanded a CBI investigation into the death of her husband.

The demand follows the exposure of the purported contents of a 60-page booklet, Mere Vichar (My Thoughts), written by Pul by a news portal on Wednesday.

Addressing a news conference at the Press Club here, Dangwimsai said the alleged suicide note, which has become viral in the past few days, is considerably authentic and it can be taken as an authentic copy of the 60-page suicide note left by Pul.

Dangwimsai, who was backed by Green Arunachal Foundation (GAF), led by its chairman Takam Tatung, also said she and Pul's two other wives had initially tried to file an FIR at Itanagar police station, informing about the suicide of their husband but it was not registered by the police.

"Our FIR was not registered. However, the one filed by one of his (Pul's) personal security officers, Surendra Kumar, was accepted," Dangwimsai said.

She demanded that the abandoned chief minister's bungalow, where Pul had committed suicide, should be converted into a state museum.

Tatung, speaking on behalf of his foundation and Dangwimsai, appealed to the President to nullify the state government and put Arunachal under the President's rule.

"To facilitate a free and fair investigation, the Centre should suspend the power of present chief minister Pema Khandu and deputy chief minister Chowna Mein," he said.

He said parliamentary secretary for tourism P.D. Sona should return the money (Rs 4 crore) which he took from Pul on February 11, 2016, as alleged by the latter in his notes.

Asking Khandu and Mein to immediately step down on moral grounds, the GAF threatened to launch a vigorous democratic movement if its demands are not met.

Pul, who was found hanging at the chief minister's residence in Itanagar, allegedly wrote the notes a day before he committed suicide on August 9.

In the "explosive note", he accused senior politicians, including Arunachal chief minister Pema Khandu, deputy chief minister Chowna Mein, former chief minister Nabam Tuki and other legislators, of being involved in corruption.

Following Pul's demise, his third wife Dasanglu had contested the Hayuliang byelection on a BJP ticket and won.

Interestingly, all three wives of Pul had joined the BJP on October 17 last year.

The Arunachal PCC and the People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) have also been demanding that Khandu and Mein should step down so that a free and fair investigation can be initiated in the case.


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