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Man lights his own pyre to 'attain salvation'

An aged person with throat cancer, after losing his wife a year ago, decided to “attain salvation” by lighting his own pyre. The man, identified as Ramakrishna Hegde, has become the talk of the town.

Man lights his own pyre to 'attain salvation'
Uttara Kannada, First Published Jul 10, 2020, 5:08 PM IST
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Uttara Kannada: Unable to bear his worsening health condition and upset over losing his wife a year ago, a throat cancer patient ended his life, but in a rather bizarre manner. He set fire to his own pyre.

His aim of lighting his own pyre was to attain 'moksha' (salvation), a few close to the deceased said. The incident was reported from Sahasralli village in Yellapur taluk in Uttara Kannada district.

According to his family members, the deceased has left a note which contains a collection of hymns. It is reported that 65-year-old Hegde had taken this extreme step to attain salvation.

His family also says he was depressed after he lost his wife a year ago. Recently, he was diagnosed with throat cancer which prevented him from eating. The jurisdiction police visited the spot and launched an investigation, considering that arranging a pyre requires collective effort, along with asking the important question of how could anyone not be able to see him building it?

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