""He has been detained and is being brought to Prayagraj for interrogation. He has been named in the FIR registered in the case. Action will be taken based on the findings of the postmortem report and investigation."" - Prashant Kumar, additional director general (Law and order)
Meanwhile, the main accused, Anand Giri, has refuted his role in the mysterious death of his guru Narendra Giri and said he was being framed in the "murder conspiracy".
""This is a conspiracy. There was no issue between us. This is a conspiracy by people who have been siphoning off funds from temples and maths. People who could barely earn Rs 2,000 built houses worth Rs 5-10 crore and have been blackmailing Guruji (Narendra Giri)."" - Anand Giri
SUICIDE NOTE BLAMES THREE PEOPLE
Narendra Giri's body was found hanging from a rope inside the room at Baghambari Gaddi math in Prayagraj district. On Monday evening, his disciples broke inside the room after he did not step out as per his usual routine. They saw Narendra Giri's body hanging from the ceiling fan with a nylon rope.
According to police, a seven-page suicide note was also recovered from the spot. Narendra Giri, in his suicide note, which is yet to be forensically examined, has allegedly blamed Anand Giri, Aadya Prasad Tiwari, priest at Bade Hanuman temple in Prayagraj, and his son Sandeep Tiwari. The suicide note also has details of the "will" of deceased Narendra Giri.
Nirbhaya Dwivedi, a disciple of Narendra Giri, claimed his deceased guru made a suicide video using his mobile, which is now in police possession as a part of the evidence in the case. Police is yet to officially comment on the matter.
An FIR under IPC Section 306 (abetment of suicide) was registered at George Town Police Station in Prayagraj based on the complaint of Amar Giri Pawan Maharaj, one of the disciples of Narendra Giri. Interestingly, the FIR does not mention names of Aadya Prasad Tiwari and his son Sandeep Tiwari who have allegedly been named in the suicide note.
An excerpt in the suicide note, a copy of which is in possession with The Quint, suggests that the main accused Anand Giri was planning to put out a morphed video of Narendra Giri with a woman.
""I was going to commit suicide on 13 September but could not gather courage to do so. I got an alert from Haridwar that Anand Giri is planning to make public a morphed video of my picture with a woman in a compromising position."" - An except in the suicide note
Reports of a video that was used to blackmail Narendra Giri has also surfaced. The unconfirmed reports does not talk about the content of the blackmail video or the people behind it. The local police, while claiming all angles are being probed, is yet to officially comment on the matter. Meanwhile, the clamour for a fair investigation has mounted after several sadhus alleged that he was "murdered".
""His death under suspicious circumstances is tragic. This is not a normal death but murder. I request Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to initiate an impartial probe."" - Raju Das, priest at Hanuman Gadi temple in Ayodhya
Can't digest he (Narendra Giri) committed suicide. People behind the conspiracy will be brought to justice: Nand Gopal Nandi, UP Cabinet Minister. pic.twitter.com/gk4c1VO1Ar
— Piyush Rai (@Benarasiyaa) September 20, 2021
The case is being investigated and sources close to The Quint suggest several people have been detained by the Prayagraj police and are being questioned, based on the call detail record and other evidence. Local lawyer Sunil Chaudhary has filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court requesting a CBI probe in the case and also demanded the suspension of Prayagraj district magistrate and senior superintendent of police.
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