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2-term Himachal Congress ex-MLA Mast Ram dies by suicide

Shimla, July 12 (KMS): Former member of Legislative Assembly of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Mast Ram, allegedly died by suicide at a hotel in Sundernagar.

A suicide note was reportedly found in which the former MLA, who represented Karsog in Mandi district of the state in 1993 and 2003, cited personal reasons for taking the step. The note mentioned financial crisis and that whatever money was in his bank account be handed over to his wife.

The police said Mast Ram reached the hotel on Sunday evening and booked a room for overnight stay. After ordering morning tea, he reportedly bolted the door from inside. When he didn’t respond to repeated knocking on the door till late noon, the hotel management informed the police. The door was forced open and the ex-MLA’s body was found hanging from the ceiling, the police said.

Superintendent of Police Shalini Agnihotri said a case has been registered and an investigation is underway.

Mast Ram was reportedly preparing to contest the state Assembly election due later this year.

BJP leader and Mandi MP Ram Swaroop Sharma too had died in a similar manner as his body was found hanging at his New Delhi residence in March last year.

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