Mandi, July 11
Former Congress MP Mast Ram (75), who represented Karsog in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh in 1993 and 2003, is believed to have died by suicide today at a hotel in Sundernagar. He is survived by his wife and five sons.
Body found in hotel
- Mast Ram elected from Karsog in 1993 and 2003
- Body found hanged in Sundernagar hotel
- Suicide note cites personal reasons and financial crisis
We learn that a suicide note was found in which the former MP cited personal reasons for taking the plunge. The note mentioned the financial crisis and that all the money in his bank account should be given to his wife.
Police said Mast Ram arrived at the hotel on Sunday evening and booked a room for the night. After ordering morning tea, he would have locked the door from the inside. When he did not respond to the repeated knocks on the door until late noon, hotel management informed the police. The door was forced open and the ex-MP’s body was found hanging from the ceiling, police said. Police Commissioner Shalini Agnihotri said a case had been recorded and an investigation was underway.
Born in Nihri village in Mandi, Mast Ram had resigned from his government teaching post in 1982 to join politics. We learn that he was preparing to contest the National Assembly election scheduled for later this year.
BJP leader and Mandi MP Ram Swaroop Sharma had also died in the same way his body was found hanged at his New Delhi residence in March last year.