'Those Responsible For Akhara Parishad Chief Mahant Giri's Death Won't Be Spared': CM Yogi Adityanath

Swarajya Staff

Sep 21, 2021, 03:20 PM | Updated 03:20 PM IST

Mahant Narendra Giri
Mahant Narendra Giri

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday assured that those responsible for the death of Mahant Narendra Giri would not be spared at any cost.

The chief minister reached the Bagambhari Mutt and offered floral tributes to the departed saint.

Yogi Adityanath said that "Several pieces of evidence have been collected regarding the incident. A team of senior police officials is investing the case."

Several leaders, saints and eminent citizens from all walks of life are reaching Prayagraj to pay respects to the departed saint.

Giri's body was found hanging from a rope inside a room in the Baghambari Mutt in Daraganj area. Senior police officers rushed to the spot and took custody of the body, which will be sent for post-mortem.

Police had stated they found a seven-page ‘suicide note’ in which the mahant has held his disciple and yoga guru, Anand Giri, besides two others, responsible for his death.

Some of the members of the Akhara have raised doubts over the five-page suicide letter, purportedly written by Mahant Narendra Giri.

Mahant Anand Giri, one of his disciples, who is a key suspect and has been taken into custody from Haridwar, also said that the Mahant had never written anything beyond a sentence or two and it was highly improbable that he would write such a lengthy suicide letter.

What adds to the element of mystery is that the suicide letter also reads like a will since the Mahant has apparently designated work and responsibilities for his disciples.

Saints are also saying that Narendra Giri could never have committed suicide.

Meanwhile, the police have filed an FIR against Anand Giri, who was Narendra Giri's protege and closest aide until they fell out in May.

Anand Giri was allegedly expelled by the seer over allegations of fraud and financial mismanagement. There was an apparent patch-up a few days later, with a video showing Anand Giri seeking forgiveness at the feet of his mentor, but the police suspect it was short-lived.

The two other disciples detained for questioning are Sandeep Tiwari and Aadya Tiwari, who stayed with Narendra Giri.

With IANS Inputs

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