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CBI handles the investigation of the seer’s alleged suicide, Team heads to Prayagraj

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: A six-member team has been formed by the CBI to probe the death of Narendra Giri, the religious leader who died allegedly by suicide on Monday in Uttar Pradesh. The team is on its way to Prayagraj – the top seer was found dead at his ashram in the city on Monday.

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Narendra Giri was the head of top religious body Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had called for a CBI probe into his death.

The influential seer, photographed with many top politicians of the country, was found dead in his ashram, about 200 km from state capital Lucknow, on Monday afternoon.

In a 13-page suicide note, he blamed Anand Giri – the virtual number two in the ashram – Aadya Tiwari and his son Sandeep Tiwari for his death. He said he was under pressure over what he called a “morphed image with a woman”.

An hour before his death, the top seer had also shot a video on his mobile, said police. The allegations in the 4 minute 30 second video are similar to what he wrote in the suicide note.

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All three religious leaders were arrested a day after his death.

In the video, Narendra Giri reportedly says, according to sources, that he was so distraught that he didn’t see any purpose in living.

“I want to thank the Chief Minister for handing over the case to the CBI. I want to request the Home Minister to order the CBI to immediately take over the case,” Kailashanand Brahmachari, head of the Niranjani Akhada, one of the constituents of the Akhada Parishad, told reporters on Thursday.

The Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad is one of the largest religious bodies of saints in the country.

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