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CBI takes over probe into seer Mahant Narendra Giri’s death

Devotees offer prayers at the Bade Hanuman Ji Temple which reopened after remaining closed for three days due the death of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad President Mahant Narendra Giri Maharaj, in Prayagraj, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken over the probe into the mysterious death of Mahant Narendra Giri in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj, following a notification from the Centre. This follows a notification from the Central government.

A team has been sent to Prayagraj to gather details and interact with the police officers who investigated the case initially.

Mahant Narendra Giri, who headed the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, was found dead at Baghambari Gaddi Math. A note purportedly written by him was seized from there.

The police registered an alleged abetment to suicide case. The name of Anand Giri, a follower of Mahant Narendra Giri, was mentioned in the First Information Report. While a special investigation team was constituted, he was brought from Hardwar to Prayagraj for questioning.

Foul play charge

Following allegations of some foul play, the State government decided to refer the case to the CBI.

Anand Giri claimed that he was being framed in the case. He alleged that his guru was murdered by those who stole money from the Math.

Anand Giri was a close disciple of Mahant Narendra Giri, but was expelled from the Math earlier this year on the charge of indiscipline. He later apologised to the Mahant in public, following which he was taken back.

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