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Hindu religious body chief Narendra Giri dies allegedly by suicide in UP, police arrest disciple


Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad President Narendra Giri died allegedly by suicide in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj city on Monday, The Times of India reported.

The chief of the organisation of Hindu seers and ascetics was found hanging in a room at the Shri Math Baghambari Gaddi, according to the newspaper. The police claimed that they found a suicide note in which Narendra Giri accused his disciple Anand Giri of mental torture.

“We are reading the note,” Inspector General of Police KP Singh, according to NDTV. “He expressed he was upset. He also wrote what should be done with the ashram after his passing, in the form of a will.”

Anand Giri was arrested on Tuesday. He was charged under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code, ANI reported.

Over the last few months Narendra Giri and his disciple had been accusing each other of financial irregularities, according to The Indian Express.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among the leaders who expressed grief over Giri’s death.

“The death of Mahant Narendra Giri ji, President of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, is an irreparable loss to the spiritual world,” Adityanath tweeted on Monday.

Modi remembered Giri’s contributions. “While devoted to spiritual traditions, he played a big role in connecting many streams of Sant Samaj together,” the prime minister tweeted….

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