Tearful adieu to People’s CM Kalikho Pul. Thousands gather for last rites
The mortal remains of former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Kalikho Pul reached his native village Hawai in remote Anjaw district bordering China for the last rites. Thousands of people queued up to pay their last respect to their beloved leader Kalikho Pul at Anjaw district helipad, Old Hawai. A procession was carried out from Old Hawai helipad to New Hawai covering a distance of 4 kilometres.
Numerous supporters and friends thronged his residence at Walla village in Hawai to pay their homage to the departed soul. Often regarded as the People’s Chief Minister for his people-connect initiatives, Kalikho Pul allegedly committed suicide on August 9, 2016, weeks after his government was dethroned after an adverse Supreme Court verdict.
BJP MLA from Tezu, Mahesh Chai accompanied the mortal remains of Pul along with his relatives in a helicopter which took off at 7:30 am for Hawai as hundreds of supporters of the leader gave a tearful adieu to him.
Earlier, Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering, AICC secretary Jay Kumar along with senior party leaders, MLAs and admirers of Pul gathered at the Raj Bhavan helipad in Itanagar from where Pul’s mortal remains were flown to his native village.
The state government has declared a three-day state mourning and a holiday on Thursday when the last rites of Pul would be performed with full state honours at his native place.
At Pasighat, officers, leaders and members of various organizations descended at the heliport to have a last glimpse of their beloved leader Kalikho Pul. People from all walks of life even from far-off places thronged to pay their homage. The chopper landed at Pasighat for refueling on its way to Hawai.
Among the dignitaries who paid their tributes to the departed soul included MLAs Kento Rina and Kaling Moyong and DC in-charge Bani Lego, SP Pranav Tayal, PMC chief councilor Kaling Doruk and many others. All shops and commercial establishments at Pasighat downed their shutters as a mark of respect.
At Tezu, hundreds of tearful supporters thronged at the helipad where the helicopter landed before moving on to Hawai.
Various organisations and supporters conducted candle march across the nation for eternal peace of the People’s Chief Minister. In Shillong, hundreds of students conducted candle march expressing their solidarity to late Pul.
With inputs from agencies and DIPR