ITANAGAR, Apr 8: The infamous Chief Minister’s Bungalow was officially converted into a State Guest House with its inauguration on Friday morning. The guest house was inaugurated amidst prayers and blessings. Infamous for its “bad vibes” and rumoured “supernatural activities”, the inaugural event saw several local priests, pundits, monks, church members and other holy men and women of various religions offering prayers and blessing each room to drive away any negative force.
Minister for Urban development and Town Planning, Nabam Rebia and Chief Secretary Shakuntala D Gamlin was present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion Rebia maintained that the rituals are a ceremonial procedure and not to thwart away any evil forces, adding that such rituals are usually conducted before entering a new home or beginning a new project for good luck and prosperity.
“I do not believe in superstition and have always discouraged any superstitious practices in my personal life as well”, Rebia said.
He hoped that with the blessings of all religious leaders on the guest house it would help eliminate the doubts and fears attached with the bungalow among the public.
Supervising the ceremony, Chief Secretary, Shakuntala Gamlin said that the State Guest House would cater to the needs of the public in the days to come and serve as a landmark in taking the prestige and glory of the state forward. She informed that the guest house would also be used as a training centre for civil service officers.
Located at the hill-top of Niti Vihar, the construction of the state Chief Minister’s Bungalow began in 2007-08 and was completed in the year 2009-10 with an estimated cost of Rs 59.55 crore during the regime of former Chief Minister late Dorjee Khandu.
The luxurious official bungalow of the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister received the label of being “haunted” after two suicides were reported within a span of merely two months.
Former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul allegedly committed suicide on August 9, 2016, which was followed by the suicide of a bungalow staff on October 8, 2016 in the room opposite to the one where late Pul had allegedly ended his life.
The two incidents caused a stir and lead people to connect the demise of former Chief Ministers Dorjee Khandu and Jarbom Gamlin with the supposed “evil” lurking in the bungalow. However, Khandu had died in a tragic chopper accident and Gamlin passed away after a prolonged illness -both outside the bungalow.
Some bungalow employees had also reported “paranormal activities” in the form of noises and of alarms going off unexpectedly in the middle of the night. Though this was told to reporters when the second suicide took place last year, these incidents are yet to be confirmed.
Many speculate that these undesirable incidents have stopped present Chief Minister Pema Khandu from housing himself in the official Chief Minister’s Bungalow.
Rumours may fly high, but it remains to be seen whether the guest house serves its intended purpose of serving visitors and guests with top services as assured by officials, or does it go on to be labeled as the “ghost house”.
Source: Arunachal Times