Mahant Narendra Giri, president of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, had recorded a video before his death,” his disciple Nirbhay Dwivedi told India Today TV. He said the video is with the police and the content is being investigated.
Nirbhay Dwivedi said the content of the video was similar to what was found in the suicide note — in which the seer had mentioned the names of the people allegedly troubling him.
“I lived with dignity, will not be able to live with insult, this is why I am taking my own life,” the suicide letter read, according to IG KP Singh. In the 7-8 page long letter, the seer also wrote that he was upset for a number of reasons and thus decided to end his life.
Prayagraj Police said the name of Anant Giri, one of the seer’s most ardent disciples, as mentioned in the suicide note, among others.
Anand Giri has been detained from Haridwar with the help of Uttarakhand Police, said UP ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar. Kumar added that Anand Giri is being brought to Prayagraj by a team of 10 UP Police personnel.
Prior to his detention, Anand Giri told Aaj Tak on Monday, “Guruji was not the kind of person who would commit suicide, he was tortured over money. This is a huge conspiracy against me. An unbiased investigation should be conducted.”
Mahant Narendra Giri was found dead in his room at the Baghambari Math in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj on Monday evening. The 72-year-old went to his room after lunch but did not respond when disciples knocked on the door or called him on his cell phone repeatedly later in the evening.
When his disciples broke the door open and entered the room, they found the seer hanging from the ceiling with a nylon rope. The UP Police are viewing it as a prima facie case of suicide.
Prayagraj Inspector General of Police (IG) KP Singh told the media that the door of the room was locked from inside. He also said that a handwritten suicide letter was recovered from the room in which Mahant Narendra Giri wrote his will and the names of a number of people who had been allegedly troubling him.
Assuring the media that all possible angles will be probed by the police, UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya departed for Prayagraj on Monday night. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath is expected to visit the Baghambari Math on Tuesday.