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Mahant Narendra Giri’s death: Another scandal in the saffron world

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mahant narendra giri, anant giri, anand giri, narendra giri murder, yogi, yogi governmentMahant Narendra Giri, the president of Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad, was found dead on Monday at Baghambari Muth in Prayagraj. The Parishad is the largest organisation of sadhus in the country.

According to police, Mahant Giri’s body was found hanging from the ceiling by his disciples. A purported suicide note of seven-eight pages was also found at the site in which the seer had written that he was mentally disturbed and was ending his life. Surprisingly, the Mahant could hardly sign, wonder how he wrote a 7, 8-page suicide note?

Well! Copy of suicide note (to be considered as will per Mahant) not available yet. More details only when either copy is released and police updates. Mahant also made a video of 4 minutes before committing suicide, the video is not available yet. Phone confiscated by Uttar Pradesh police. Local BJP leader’s name surfaced over a land dispute with Mahant.

In that alleged suicide note, the seer had written he was upset with one of his disciples. He had also delegated various responsibilities to his disciples in the note. Prayagraj Police say the name of Anant Giri, one of the seer’s most ardent disciples, as mentioned in the suicide note, among others. He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court, he was remanded in custody, to reappear at Mt Druitt Local Court on Wednesday 26 June 2019.

Much before the arrest speaking to the media, Anand Giri spoke about a massive conspiracy; he said senior police officials and land mafia, even Narendra Giri’s family members are involved in this. Those are the people who were roaming around Guru Ji [Mahant Narendra Giri], asking him to sell properties owned by the Math.

The disciple of Mahant Narendra Giri also said that he will cooperate with the Uttar Pradesh Police. Anand Giri said he is in Haridwar and is planning to leave for Prayagraj to join the probe into his Guru’s death. In May of this year, Anand Giri was sacked from the Niranjani Akhara and Baghambari Math by Mahant Narendra Giri. A video later surfaced of Anand Giri sitting at Mahant Narendra Giri’s feet and apologizing for his remarks against the seer and the Math.

Anand Giri went on to claim that the same people created a rift between him and Mahant Narendra Giri. His name in the so-called suicide note is an effort to end him. Anand Giri spoke to Mahant Narendra Giri just a few hours before his death and Mahant told Anand Giru that he was fine and would come to Haridwar. He was in no way mentally disturbed. He was tortured and pressurized and forced to die and he could have been forced to write his name [in the suicide note] or someone else could have written it.

This same Anand Giri was once arrested from a house in Oxley Park suburb of Sydney, Australia for sexually assaulting two women in the city. Giri was charged with two counts of assaulting the two women. The women had on different occasions in 2016 and 2018 had called Giri to attend prayer meetings when the women claimed that he behaved inappropriately with them.

The first woman had called him to pray on New Year at her residence in Rooty Hill of Sydney West in 2016 which is when he allegedly assaulted her in her bedroom. Then in 2018, a 34-year-old woman had called him for a night-long prayer meeting at her house. They were praying in the house’s lounge area when Giri made indecent advances towards her.

Giri, a priest at the Bade Hanuman temple in Prayagraj city in Uttar Pradesh, had gone on a six-week-long tour of Australia and was ready to fly back to India on May 5 when he was apprehended by the police.

Giri’s website claims that he is also a Yoga teacher apart from being the self-proclaimed spiritual guru. According to the website, he is someone who is “committed to serving the society & inspiring people through his work and wisdom.”

Now coming back to Narendra Giri Maharaj, he refused to sell the land and that the buyers had agreed [to cancel the deal]. But he was being pressured by some of the buyers who had given him an advance and he was none other than a local BJP leader. It was because of this pressure that he borrowed money from some people in Haridwar, some police officials in Allahabad and some common people.

Anand Giri is the disciple of Swami Narendra Giri. He had declared himself the successor of Mahant Narendra Giri a few years ago. Questioning the death of Ashish Giri and Digambar Gangapuri was termed as murder. Anand had said that Ashish had been murdered for Giri’s property, but Mahant Narendra Giri made him a case of suicide with his influence. Similarly, Mahant Digambar Gangapuri Maharaj also died under suspicious circumstances. Anand Giri had demanded an inquiry into the deaths of both.

Only the fair investigation can tell what has killed Mahant Narendra Giri, who abetted suicide? Why Anand Giri’s name surfaced, what the video of Narendra Giri talks about.

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for past 16 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazine Beyond The News, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs. Besides journalism, she is also an Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author.
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