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Former Arunachal chief minister Kalikho Pul, found dead

Former Arunachal chief minister Kalikho Pul was found dead on Tuesday at his residence. He was chief minister from the period February to July 2016. News reports suggests that he committed suicide at his residence, but the police is yet to confirm.

According to initial reports, he was suffering from depression and was extremely upset after his appointment was struck down by the Supreme Court. He was known to be a person of strong grit and determination.

Pul had come to power after 12 MLAs supporting then chief minister Nabam Tuki joined his camp.

Kalikho Pul, 46, became the eighth chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh in February 2016. Having lost his parents at an early age, Pul went on to learn carpentry, sell furniture and serve as a casual night chowkidar at Rs 212 per month. He also sold paan and beedi to attend a night school.

Pul was general secretary of his college union for all the three years he was there. He won on a Congress ticket in 1995 and went on to become a minister. In fact, he served as a minister for 22 of his 23 years as MLA.

In a February 2016 interview to Indian Express, he said: “I have made it a point to help all poor people in need of medical treatment. Go to my official quarter, you will find at least 30 people who have come all the way from my constituency for treatment in Itanagar.” He is the father of five sons.

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