NEW DELHI : Mahant Narendra Giri, the head of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, was found dead in Prayagraj on Monday.
According to the police, Mahant’s body was found hanging, and suicide is being suspected, though the cause of death is not clear yet.
The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad is an organisation of Hindu sadhus.
A purported suicide note was also found at the site in which the seer had written that he was mentally disturbed and was ending his life.
He had also delegated various responsibilities to his disciples in the note, the police said.
According to a PTI report, the IGP said that police had received a call at 5.30 pm from the Muth that Giri had hanged himself. Prima facie it appeared to be a case of suicide but things will be clearer after the post-mortem and forensic tests, the police said.
The influential Hindu seer was hospitalised in April after he tested positive from COVID-19. Several political and religious leaders condoled the demise of Giri.