PRAYAGRAJ/LUCKNOW: The Yogi Adityanath government late Wednesday recommended a probe by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the death of Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad president Mahant Narendra Giri. This came just hours after the seer’s autopsy report revealed death by asphyxia due to hanging, lending weight to the suicide theory. Also, police formally arrested his disciple Anand Giri and Bade Hanuman temple priest Adya Prasad Tiwari on charges of abetment to suicide and produced them in the chief judicial magistrate’s court, which sent them to 14-day judicial custody.
Both Anand Giri and Tiwari were taken into custody within hours of the seer’s death becoming public knowledge and were grilled after the 14-page suicide note found from the scene of crime held them responsible for ‘compelling’ Mahant Narendra Giri to take the drastic step.
Mahant’s body was found hanging from the ceiling of his room in Shri Math Baghambari Gaddi in Prayagraj Monday.
On the basis of the suicide note, police sought help of the Uttarakhand police to detain Anand Giri in Haridwar and brought him to Prayagraj while Tiwari was also picked up along with his son.
Sources privy to the findings of the postmortem examination, conducted by a panel of five doctors at Prayagraj’s SRN hospital and the entire exercise videographed uncut, said no external injury marks were found on the body of Narendra Giri which strengthens the suicide theory. “The postmortem report has confirmed a V mark on the neck of the Mahant, which is caused by hanging,” the source said.
The doctors who conducted the postmortem examination have directed for the viscera to be preserved for chemical analysis – something that is done routinely to rule out other possibilities.
Police sources said the fact that the preliminary examination of the scene of crime did not lead the investigators to any signs of struggle or resistance out up by Mahant Giri only reduces possibilities of any foul play.
“In such a situation the only possibility of foul play would be that the victim is forced to hang himself or sedated and then hanged. The condition of the room in which the body was found hanging did not show signs of struggle,” said a senior police officer in the know of investigations into mahant’s death.
Investigators believe that forensic analysis of the suicide note will now further clear the air over the circumstances that led to ABAP chief ’s death. “If hand writing of the suicide note matches with that of Mahant Giri, then it will further consolidate the suicide theory,” he said. He however refused to conclusively declare the death as a suicide on grounds that investigations were still underway.
The SIT had also sent the nylon string which was used by the seer to allegedly hang himself in the room for forensic examination. Meanwhile, guards of the seer in his Y-security detail were also questioned.
Meanwhile, deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya told reporters that “detailed investigations are underway into the death of ABAP chief Narendra Giri and the guilty will not be spared”. “All the aspects of the case are under investigation and police are moving in the right direction,” he added.