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Pul’s family urges not to ‘politically’ rake up note issue

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Itagar, Feb 21: The family members of former Aruchal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul on Tuesday expressed concern over the recent development in the state revolving around the 60 pages note ‘Mere Vichar’ written by Pul days before committing suicide on August 9 last year, and appealed  the people not to use the issue for vested political purpose.

Five relatives of Kalikho Pul in an appeal said, “It is very unfortute and distressing for the family that the note is being used by some individuals for vested political interest. The entire family is struggling hard to come to terms with the loss of a dearest and senior member of the family and we are still living in immense mental and psychological trauma.” “Gradually we have been learning to move ahead by coming to terms with the sorrow, pain and grieve but the latest development yet again jolted, shaken and disturbed the whole family. Since the issue is an emotive, sentimental and soulful for the family, it should not be used for vested political purpose,” the appeal said.

The members comprising Pul’s brother Bajaj Pul, nephews Muhilum Pul, Batong Pul, Dr Ahoso Pul and Goneso Pul in the appeal while welcoming the state government’s decision to refer the case to Union Home Ministry for investigation by any agency as deem fit and proper, further disclosed that the family want a free and impartial investigation into the whole matter. “We hope that since the matter has been referred to the Home Ministry, everything will come out in the open in the days to come,” they said and appealed the people to maintain calm saying that as the matter is sub judiced and under investigation, drawing any conclusion at the juncture would be premature and ippropriate.

“We strongly oppose any misuse of the note for political purpose as it is a very emotiol issue concerning the whole family and we believe that no person or individual has the right to exploit or play with the emotions of the family members,” they categorically said. The members also appealed the state government to immediately provide security to Dangwimsai Pul, first wife of the former chief minister, as according to media reports, she has been receiving threatening calls. The family members also condemned the committee with the nomenclature ‘Mere Vichar Andolon Committee’ constituted for the issue and who has been asking for dotions from the public for the purpose. “We request the people not to dote any amount to the committee, which we believe will be an insult to the departed soul,” they said in the appeal. The contents of the note were made public by a news portal on February 8 last. The notes which were found near Pul’s body by the police mentions several “deliberate irregularities” by state leaders and Supreme Court judges over the years.

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