Additional director normal of police Prashant Kumar mentioned that prima facie it gave the impression to be suicide, however the police would look into all features throughout investigation. The seer’s disciple Anand Giri, whose identify was talked about within the word, was detained in Haridwar.
Prayagraj IG KP Singh instructed reporters that the police was knowledgeable concerning the seer’s loss of life by one in every of his disciples round 5:20 pm, after which a crew of police and forensic officers rushed to the spot. The physique was on the ground and a rope was hanging from the fan. Singh mentioned one of many disciples had reduce the rope and laid the physique on the ground.
“A 7-page suicide letter was also found at the spot, which will be forensically tested for authentication,” Singh mentioned. The letter mentioned Narendra Giri was upset with a few of his disciples, together with Anand Giri. “He had written that he was saddened by a lot of reasons and that he had lived with respect all his life and was not ready to give up his respect,” Singh mentioned, including that the letter talked about who ought to inherit what.
Revered by your entire seer neighborhood, Giri had been a powerful proponent of the Ram temple and Mathura-Kashi actions. Ahead of the 2019 normal elections, he criticised BJP saying it was not desirous about building of the Ram temple because it needed to maintain the problem alive for elections. However, he was invited for the bhoomi pujan final 12 months.
Mahant Raju Das, head priest of the Hanumangarhi temple in Ayodhya, alleged foul play within the loss of life and referred to as for a high-level investigation. Anand Giri in an announcement to ANI alleged that the entire incident was a part of a ‘conspiracy’ to extort cash. “Guruji has not written a letter in his life and couldn’t commit suicide. The handwriting needs to be probed,” he mentioned, dismissing allegations of stress between him and the mahant.
Political leaders condoled the loss of life. “The death of Shri Narendra Giri ji, president of Akhara Parishad is extremely sad. While being devoted to spiritual traditions, he also played a big role in bringing together many streams of the seer community. May the lord give him a place at his feet,” PM Modi mentioned in his condolence message. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and different political leaders too condoled the loss of life.