Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday expressed shock over the suicide of former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul.

Extending her condolences to the family of Pul, Gandhi said: "I pray for the peace of the departed soul."

Pul, 47, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at the Chief Minster’s Residence in Itanagar. 

Pul assumed office on February 19, unseating the then Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and continued till July 13 when the state Congress Legislature Party (CLP) elected Pema Khandu as its leader.

Khandu became the Chief Minister on July 16, but Pul was yet to vacate the official residence.