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‘Culprit won't be spared’: Yogi Adityanath warns as police arrest Anand Giri, probe team formed

The 72-year-old seer was found hanging in his room under suspicious circumstances at the Baghambari Math in UP's Prayagraj.

Culprit won't be spared: Yogi Adityanath warns as police arrest Anand Giri, probe team formed-dnm
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Lucknow, First Published Sep 21, 2021, 3:34 PM IST
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday warned that the culprit in the alleged death case of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP) president Mahant Narendra Giri will be brought to book, adding that the matter is under investigation.

The 72-year-old seer was found hanging in his room under suspicious circumstances at the Baghambari Math in UP's Prayagraj.

The police have filed an FIR (First Information Report) against Anand Giri, who was Narendra Giri's protégé as he has been accused of harassing the seer. The Uttar Pradesh Police recovered a suicide note

"Several pieces of evidence have been collected regarding the incident. A team of senior police officials including ADG Zone, IG Range, DIG Prayagraj is investigating the case," Adityanath was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Also read: Mahant Narendra Giri death case: Disciple Anand Giri, Hanuman temple priest being questioned

 The police have also detained two of the other disciples -- Sandeep Tiwari and Aadya Tiwari -- and are questioning them.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said that the state police have arrested the accused in the death case of Mahant Narendra Giri, adding that a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe will be launched if required.

"Matter will be investigated, culprits will be given strictest punishment. Government is ready to facilitate all kinds of investigations. If it is needed, we're ready for CBI investigation too. The government won't turn away from demands of Akhada Parishad, whatever they may be," Maurya was quoted as saying by ANI.

An influential seer, Narendra Giri was seen frequently with top politicians of the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi among other leaders expressed grief at his death. "The death of Akhara Parishad president Shri Narendra Giri ji is extremely sad. While devoted to spiritual traditions, he played a big role in connecting many streams of Sant Samaj together. May the Lord give him a place at your feet. Om shanti," PM Modi tweeted.

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